Jan 27, 2023
The discipline of Religious Studies describes, interprets, explains, and evaluates the variety of religious phenomena across cultures. By developing a nuanced, critical, and sympathetic understanding of how human beings have structured and given meaning to their lives, students of religion gain a broadened perspective on human cultures and societies. Religious Studies students also acquire widely transferable skills of analysis, research, and communication.
Minor Requirements: 20-21 hours
Students considering a minor in Religious Studies should meet with an advisor early in their university studies to map out a tentative course of study.
Required Area Courses: 6 hours
Restricted Elective Courses: 12 hours
Select six credit hours in each of the following two areas. Students may apply other courses toward this requirement with approval from a Religious Studies advisor.
Select two courses on different religious traditions from the following
- AFC 273 African American Religion 3 hrs
- AFC 373 Afro-Caribbean Religions 3 hrs
- HIST 203 Global History of Islam [GEGA] 3 hrs
- HIST 204 Introduction to the History of Judaism [GEKH] 3 hrs
or HIST 304 Early Judaism 3 hrs
or RLST 304 Early Judaism 3 hrs
- RLST 306 Hinduism 3 hrs
or HIST 306 Hinduism 3 hrs
- RLST 307 Buddhism 3 hrs
or HIST 307 Buddhism 3 hrs
- RLST 334 Early Christianity 3 hrs
or HIST 334 Early Christianity 3 hrs
or HIST 303 History of American Religion 3 hrs
Select two courses from the following
- ANTH 338 Anthropology of Religion 3 hrs
- PHIL 215 Philosophy of Religion [GEKH] 3 hrs
- PSY 225 Psychology of Religion 3 hrs
- RLST 202 Religions in Conflict and Dialogue: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam [GEGA] 3 hrs
or HIST 202 Religions in Conflict and Dialogue: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam [GEGA] 3 hrs
- RLST 275 Gender, Sexuality, and Religion in the U.S. [GEUS or GEKH] 3 hrs
or WGST 275 Gender, Sexuality, and Religion in the U.S. [GEUS or GEKH] 3 hrs
- RLST 320 Gender, World Religions, and Social Justice 3 hrs
- RLST 362 Black Women: Religion and Sexism 3 hrs
or AFC 362 Black Women: Religion and Sexism 3 hrs
or WGST 362 Black Women: Religion and Sexism 3 hrs
- SOCL 320 Sociology of Religion 3 hrs
Note - ANTH 338 , SOCL 320 , and PSY 225 all have prerequisites. Students intending to take one of these classes should take the prerequisite course as part of their General Education program.
Elective Courses: 2-3 hours
Select one course from the list of restricted electives (not already taken) or from the following. Students may apply other courses toward this requirement with approval from a Religious Studies advisor.
Critical Graduation Information
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements (or their equivalents) of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
Minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University
Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
- Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
- At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used to calculate an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements - EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.