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College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs

105 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2062

The Religion Studies minor is interdisciplinary and focuses on (1) the theories and methods of the academic study of religion, in relation to (2) religious thought and practice evident in the diversity of religions and religious phenomenon in the world.  The curriculum prepares students for critical inquiry in religion with advanced course work drawn from a variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  Core Studies  
  Choose from at least three of the following four categories: 12
  Comparative Religion  
  AS 30095 Special Topics: Studies in the Eastern Christian World (3)  
    30095 Special Topics: Varieties of Religion (3)  
DG PAS 34000 Introduction to African World View (3)  
KHU REL 11020 Introduction to World Religions (3)  
KHU   21021 Comparative Religions (3)  
  Judeo-Chrisitan Tradition  
  ENG 35201 The Bible as Literature (3)*  
  Philosophy of Religion  
  PHIL 41010 Problems in the Philosophy of Religion (3)  
  REL 31065 Comparative Religious Experience (3)  
  Social Patterns of Religion  
  ANTH 38250 Religion: A Search for Meaning (3)  
  SOC 42561 Sociology of Religion (3)  
  Cognate Studies: choose either A. General or B. Catholic Thought 9-12
  A. General (9)
Choose three courses in at least two areas.
  Religion and the Arts  
KFA ARTH 22006 Art History: Ancient and Medieval Art (3)  
KFA   22007 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (3)  
    42036 Medieval Art (3)  
  MUS 42111 African Music and Cultures (3)  
    42151 Asian Musics (3)  
    42271 Choral Literature: The Anthem (3)  
  Religion and the Sciences  
KSS/DG GEOG 22061 Human Geography (3)  
KBS GEOL 11040 Earth Dynamics (3)  
KBS PHY 11030 Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe (3)  
  Religion and History  
  HIST 31009 History of Byzantine Civilization (3)  
    31127 Ancient and Early Medieval Jewish History (3)  
    41016 The Protestant and Catholic Reformations (3)  
    41097 Colloquium: Saints, Monks and the Medieval Community (3)  
  Religion and The Classics  
  CLAS 41301 Classical Mythology (3)  
WIC   41503 Greek Literature in Translation (3)  
  HIST 41004 Hellenic Contributions to Western Civilization (3)  
 WIC PHIL 31001 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3)  
  B. Catholic Thought (11-12)
Choose three to four courses, minimum one from each area.
  AS 30095 Special Topics: Classics of Christian Literature (3)  
    40095 Special Topics: Myth and Religion in Literature (3)  
  ENG 35101 Literature and Other Disciplines (3)  
  History/Arts and Sciences  
  AS 30095 Special Topics: Modern Catholic Thought (3)  
    40095 Special Topics: Modern Catholic Thought (3)  
  HIST 41016 Protestant and Catholic Reformation (3)  
  GRE 14201 Elementary Classical Greek I (4)  
    14202 Elementary Classical Greek II (4)  
    34351 New Testament in Greek (3)  
  HEBR 12101 Elementary Hebrew I (4)  
    12102 Elementary Hebrew II (4)  

*Course is mandatory for students selecting B. Catholic Thought.

Minimum cumulative 2.000 GPA required for graduation.

Students must complete at least two upper-division courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F). For information on the major Residence Requirements please visit the University Residence Requirements policy.