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Christian Studies Minor

This minor provides students with a systematic understanding of Christianity as a religion of global significance. Students begin their studies by exploring the history, beliefs and practices of diverse Christian traditions, from the ancient to the modern. Additional courses address the complex relationship between Christianity and various facets of the contemporary world, such as politics, culture, religious pluralism, science, terrorism and race.

Although many Christian students pursue this minor in order to explore their own faith tradition more deeply, studying religion academically is different from being religious. Students of all backgrounds join our courses to explore the many ways in which Christians throughout history have approached big questions, applied their values, shaped their communities, and impacted the wider world.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

REL 202. Jesus and the Beginnings of Christianity

3

REL 340. Introduction to Christianity

3

REL 348. Christianity in Global Context

3

Choose three courses from the following, at least two of which must be at the 300- or 400-level:

9

REL 201. Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

           

REL 218. Philosophy of Religion

           

REL 240. Jesus and the Moral Life

           

REL 270. Western Religious Ethics

           

REL 280. Religion and Science

           

REL 325. Catholicism in the Modern World

           

REL 332. Born Again Religion

           

REL 336. African-American Religion

           

REL 360. History of Christian Thought

           

REL 363. Apocalypticism, Religious Terrorism and Peace

           

REL 380. Contemporary Theologies

           

REL 450. Religion and Society

           

REL 460. Topics in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Literature

           


Total:

18

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