Minor in Religious Studies

The Religious Studies program at Wayne State University offers undergraduate students majoring in other areas or disciplines the option of a religious studies minor (to be noted on students' official transcripts).

What is religion?

Religion has played a major role in the human experience. Many of our core values, our conception of ourselves, our artistic expressions, our role in life and history originate in religious texts, traditions, and environments. For many, religion is where they turn to answer the ultimate questions of human existence. But what is religion? What do other religions believe? How does one evaluate religious claims?

Religious studies, or the academic study of religion, allows you to better understand religion in its many dimensions. In order to accomplish this feat, the study of religion is a truly interdisciplinary field drawing from fields as diverse as anthropology, history, philosophy, classics, Near Eastern studies, Asian studies, literature, art history, political science, and sociology.

A religious studies minor will introduce you to world religions, provide you with the theoretical tools to analyze religious concepts, and allow you to investigate aspects of religion pertinent to your other studies. Indeed, a religious studies minor will help to prepare you for a future profession in a religious vocation, law, social service, international relations, and journalism among others.