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Religious Studies Minor

The academic study of religion has deep roots in Western intellectual history. One cannot adequately grasp the full dynamics of world culture without attending to the role of religion. In the last hundred years scholars in the West have paid attention to non-Western religions and to the category of "religion" itself as a dimension of human experience.

Religious studies courses do not encourage or discourage belief; rather, they engage in academic study of religion as a crucial element of human culture. Religious studies employs a variety of methods including anthropological, sociological, historical, philosophical, phenomenological, literary, and linguistic approaches. The principal goal of religious studies is submitting sacred texts and traditions to descriptive, analytical, critical, and empathetic scrutiny.

Requirements for the Minor in Religious Studies

A total of 18 credits are required from the following categories:

Religious Traditions (9 credits)

  • Of these credits there must be at least three in Asian, Pacific and Indigenous Religious Traditions and at least three in Western Religious Traditions.

Approaches to Religious Studies and Religion and Culture (9 credits)

  • Of these credits there must be at least three in Religion and Culture.

Religious Studies is part of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Janice Capel Anderson - Coordinator
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3173
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3173

Phone: 208-885-6065


Web: Religious Studies

Physical Address:
112 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Interdisciplinary Programs
University of Idaho
Admin. Bldg. 112
P.O. Box 443154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Phone: 208-885-6426

Fax: 208-885-8964


Web: Interdisciplinary Programs