College of Arts and Letters2017-2018

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Comparative Study of Religions, Minor

At the heart of human diversity stands religion. In global business, politics, healthcare, scientific research, literature, music, or art, it is essential to understand the religious motives and differing beliefs, practices, and values of people that shape their decisions and actions, their history, social structure, and psychology.  This minor provides the framework for such understanding to complement your major.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Comparative Study of Religions?

This minor will help prepare you to understand and work with people from all over the world. You'll gain critical reading and thoughtful writing skills that translate to careers as diverse as teaching, law, diplomatic service, a religious vocation, and international business.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA 2.0

Purpose Statement
This minor provides students with the framework for understanding the religious motives and differing beliefs, practices and values of people from a global perspective.  It allows students to understand how these factors have shaped their decisions and actions, as well as their history, social structure and psychology.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students in the REL minor will demonstrate and/or gain:  

  • introductory knowledge about the study of religion and interdisciplinary thinking about religions and culture
  • knowledge about selected major religious traditions and various topics in religion
  • proficiency in the essential skills of critical reading, critical thinking, effective writing and interdisciplinary and integrative methodologies as related to the field of religious studies


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units, with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    • REL 491 (3 units)
    • Additional REL courses, selected in consultation with a Religious Studies advisor. (15 units)
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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