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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Programs

Minor in Religious Studies


This Program draws together the University's resources across many disciplines to offer a concentration in the area of Religious Studies.  Religion is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon involving the overarching worldview of a culture, its social norms, ethics and politics.  In the private dimension, religious experiences are among the most profound an individual can have.  In the public sphere, religion has inspired powerful institutional forms, literary and artistic works throughout history and across the globe.  This Program is designed to foster a nuanced understanding of religious phenomena, and to cultivate critical skills in the discipline of Religious Studies

General Requirements

The minor requires 18 hours, at least 9 of which must be at upper division, at least 9 of which must be taken at UCD from CLAS faculty.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all UCD courses taken in the Minor is required, with no individual course grade lower than a "C".

Required Courses

(9 credit hours)

  • RLST 1610 "Introduction to Religious Studies" (3 credit hours).  This course provides an orientation to the discipline.  Students will be expected to develop a knowledge of methodologies utilized, issues and controversies which have characterized the academic study of religion.
  • A 3 credit hour course in Western Religion from approved list
  • A 3 credit hour course in Eastern Religion from approved list
  • 9 credits of Religious Studies electives from approved list

Introductory

  • RLST 1610 Introduction to Religious Studies*
  • RLST 2660 World Religions*
  • Traditions
  • RLST 2680/ETST 2606 The American Indian Experience
  • RLST 3000 Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Affinity and Difference
  • RLST 3060/HIST 4017 History of Early Christianity
  • RLST 3486/HIST 3486 Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • RLST 3100/PSC 4165 Islamic Politics and Culture
  • RLST 3120 Islamic Traditions
  • RLST 4462/5462/HIST 4462/5462 Islam in Modern History
  • RLST 3300/ETST 3300 Shamanic Traditions
  • RLST 3400/PHIL 3666 Asian Philosophy & Religions
  • RLST 3500 Religions of India
  • RLST 3660/PHIL 3981 Chinese Philosophy and Cultu

Literature

  • RLST 1010/GREK 1010 Biblical Greek
  • RLST 2700/ENGL 2520 The Bible as Literature
  • RLST 3720/ENGL 3520 Religious Narratives
  • RLST 3740 Biblical Traditions: Old Testament
  • RLST 3760 Biblical Traditions: New Testament
  • RLST 3770 Archaeological Discoveries Relating to the Bible

Fields

  • RLST 4000 Religion and Cultural Diversity**
  • RLST 4010/5010/ANTH 4130/5130 Comparative Religious Systems
  • RLST 4020/5020/SOC 4610/5610 Sociology of Religion
  • RLST 4040/5040/Psychology of Religion
  • RLST 4060/5060/PHIL 4600/5600 Philosophy of Religion
  • RLST 4070/PHIL 4710 Western Religious Thought
  • RLST 4080/PHIL 4720 Eastern Religious Thought

Topics

  • RLST 4100 Special Topics in Religion
  • RLST 4300/5300 Myth and Symbol
  • RLST 4320 Spirituality in the Modern World
  • RLST 4340/ENGL 3530 The Hero’s Journey
  • RLST 4360/5360 Freudian and Jungian Perspectives in Dream Analysis
  • RLST 4400/5400/PHIL4650/5655 Differing Concepts of God 
  • RLST 4420/5420/WGST 4420 Goddess Traditions
  • RLST 4440/5440/PHIL4470/5470 Concepts of the Soul 
  • RLST 4460/5460 Death and Concepts of Afterlife
  • RLST 4480/5480/PHIL/4480/5480 Perspectives on Good and Evil
  • RLST 4500/5500/PSCI 4057/5057 Religion and Politics
  • RLST 4710/5710/WGST 4710/5710/HUMN/SSCI 5710 Women and   Religion
  • RLST 4730/5730-ENGL4510/5510 Whores & Saints: Medieval Women
  • RLST 4840 Independent Study

Fulfills Western Religion Requirement

  • RLST 2660 World Religions***
  • RLST 3000 Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Affinity and Difference
  • RLST 3060/HIST 4017 History of Early Christianity
  • RLST 3120 Islamic Traditions
  • RLST 2700/ENGL 2520 The Bible as Literature
  • RLST 3740 Biblical Traditions: Old Testament
  • RLST 3760 Biblical Traditions: New Testament
  • RLST 3770 Archaeological Discoveries Relating to the Bible
  • RLST 4070/PHIL 4710 Western Religious Thought
  • RLST 4400/PHIL 4650 Differing Concepts of God***
  • RLST 4440/PHIL 4470 Concepts of the Soul***
  • RLST 4460 Death and Concepts of Afterlife***

Fulfills Eastern Religion Requirement

  • RLST 2660 World Religions***
  • RLST 3400/PHIL 3666 Asian Philosophy & Religions
  • RLST 3500 Religions of India
  • RLST 3660/PHIL 3981 Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • RLST 4080/PHIL 4720 Eastern Religious Thought
  • RLST 4160 Mysticism
  • RLST 4400/PHIL 4650 Differing Concepts of God***
  • RLST 4440/PHIL 4470 Concepts of the Soul***
  • RLST 4460 Death and Concepts of Afterlife***

*Fulfills CLAS core requirement in Humanities
**Fulfills CLAS core requirement in Diversity
***Fulfills requirement for either Eastern or Western Religion, but not both simultaneously.