Interdisciplinary Religious Studies Minor

Religion has existed in all human cultures and continues to play an important role in most societies and in many conflicts. The Religious Studies curriculum is designed to help students understand these facts, regardless of whether they are themselves religious or not.

Find out more about this minor in the UMaine Catalog.

Coordinator


portrait of derek michaudDerek A. Michaud
Lecturer of Philosophy
derek.a.michaud@maine.edu
207.581.3890

Requirements


A minor in Religious Studies shall consist of at least 18 credit hours, of which at least 9 must be upper-level (300 and 400-level) courses. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses used for the Religious Studies minor. All Religious Studies students must take at least one course in a discipline other than Anthropology or Philosophy.

Religious Studies students must take at least three courses in Category I (Courses with a primary focus on religion), and at least one course in Category II (Courses that focus on religion to a significant degree). Students can also request permission from the minor coordinator to receive credit for “Topics” courses with a primary focus on religion.


Required Courses

  • ANT 120 – Religions of the World, Credits: 3
  • PHI 105 – Introduction to Religious Studies, Credits: 3

Category II: Courses that focus on religion to a signifiant degree

  • ANT 256 – Ethnic Conflict, Credits: 3
  • ANT 451 – Native American Cultures and Identities, Credits: 3
  • ANT 454 – Cultures and Societies of the Middle East, Credits: 3
  • ARH 252 – Mediterranean Medieval Art and Architecture, Credits: 3
  • ARH 253 – Northern European Medieval Art and Architecture, Credits: 3
  • ARH 255 – Italian Renaissance Art, Credits: 3
  • ARH 257 – Northern Renaissance Art, Credits: 3
  • ARH 258 – Baroque Art and Architecture, Credits: 3
  • ARH 492 – Baroque Research Seminar, Credits: 3
  • ARH 493 – Medieval Research Seminar, Credits: 3
  • ARH 494 – Renaissance Research Seminar, Credits: 3
  • CLA 201 – Women in the Ancient World, Credits: 3
  • CLA 400 – Hero: Myth and Meaning, Credits: 3
  • HBR 101 – Beginning Modern Hebrew, Credits: 3
  • HBR 102 – Beginning Modern Hebrew II, Credits: 3
  • HTY 398 – Historical Issues, Credits: 3
  • HTY 402 – Roman History, Credits: 3
  • HTY 403 – Early Middle Ages, Credits: 3
  • HTY 404 – Late Middle Ages, Credits: 3
  • HTY 341 – The Making of Modern China, Credits: 3
  • HTY 437 – History of Modern Japan, Credits: 3
  • JST 203 – Jewish History and Culture I: The Middle Ages to 1750, Credits: 3
  • JST 204 – Jewish History and Culture II: The Jews & Europe, 1750-1948, Credits: 3
  • MUL 101 – The Art of Listening to Music: Elements, Credits: 3
  • MUL 120 – World Music, Credits: 3
  • MUL 202 – The Art of Listening to Music: Historical Survey, Credits: 3
  • PAX 351 – This Sacred Earth: Ecology and Spirituality, Credits: 3
  • PAX 491 – Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace and Reconciliation, Credits: 3

Category I: Courses with a primary focus on religion

  • ANT 249 – Religion and Violence, Credits: 3
  • ANT 261 – Islamic Fundamentalism, Credits: 3
  • ANT 469 – Theories of Religion, Credits: 3
  • ANT 470 – Religion and Politics, Credits: 3
  • CLA 202 – Mythology of the Ancient Near East, North Africa and Greece, Credits: 3
  • HTY 235 – Heresy, Witchcraft, and Reform Credits: 3
  • JST 200 – Introduction to Judaism, Credits: 3
  • PAX 350 – Buddhism, Peace and Contemplative Traditions, Credits: 3
  • PAX 400 – Martin Luther King and the Promise of Social Renewal, Credits: 3
  • PHI 286 – Religions and Philosophies of the East: Hinduism, Credits: 3
  • PHI 287 – Religions and Philosophies of the East: Buddhism, Credits: 3
  • PHI 346 – The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Credits: 3
  • PHI 382 – Theories of Myth, Credits: 3
  • POS 302 – Medieval Political Thought, Credits: 3
  • POS 386 – Religion and Politics in the United States, Credits: 3
  • POS 486 – Religious Thought, the American Identity, and U.S. Public Policy, Credits: 3
  • SOC 325 – Sociology of Religion, Credits: 3