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Religious Studies Minor

Department of Religious Studies, 212 Manly Hall
www.as.ua.edu/rel
religiousstudies@as.ua.edu

Admission into the minor. Students are expected to declare a minor formally. With the assistance of an advisor in the minor department, students should complete the “Declaration of Minor” form before or during the third year of full-time enrollment.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required for completion of the degree. The minor GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the minor that the student has attempted at UA.

Minor courses. The minor in religious studies requires the successful completion of the following 21 semester hours:

Courses Hours
REL 100 or REL 105 3
REL 490¹ 3
REL area requirement² 9
REL electives 6
Total 21
   

¹REL 490 is offered only in the spring semester. Students are expected to enroll during the senior year, but can enroll as early as the junior year.

 
²Students must earn 3 hours in each of the following four areas for a total of 12 hours:
  1. Religion in Culture: REL 213, REL 231, REL 234, REL 237, REL 335, REL 340, REL 341, REL 370, REL 410, REL 419, REL 440, or REL 480.*
  2. American Religions: REL 124, REL 226, REL 235, REL 240, REL 241, REL 371, or REL 481.*
  3. Middle Eastern and European Religions: REL 110, REL 112, REL 223, REL 224, REL 228, REL 236, REL 238, REL 311, REL 332, REL 347, REL 372, REL 420, or REL 482.*
  4. Asian Religions: REL 208, REL 210, REL 220, REL 321, REL 373, or REL 483.*
*Depending on the topic, the following courses may fulfill the requirement for any area: REL 360, REL 361, REL 460, or REL 461.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional minor requirements. A minimum of 9 hours must be earned in 300- or 400-level courses. Students can count a maximum of 6 hours of online REL courses toward the major or minor. Students can earn a maximum of 9 hours (i.e., three separate courses) of any variable topics courses that have different titles (i.e., REL 360, REL 361, REL 370, REL 371, REL 372, REL 373, REL 460, REL 461, REL 480, REL 481, REL 482, REL 483, and REL 490). For more information on degree requirements, visit the Degrees page of the department’s Web site (www.as.ua.edu/rel). Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

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