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Religious Studies

The Study of Religion at EMU

EMU has offered a minor in Religious Studies since 1977, and in 2017 EMU became the only public university in Southeast Michigan to offer a major in the study of religion. Students in our major and minor select courses that explore different religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as classes that teach different approaches to the study of religion, such as anthropology, comparative religion, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and women's and gender studies. By taking courses in several disciplines, students learn to research and analyze religion in different ways. Majors and minors also take two core courses, RLST 100 Comparative Study of Religion and RLST 300W Theories and Methods for the Study of Religion, and majors complete their course of study with a capstone project, which can be a research project, an internship, or another project of the student’s design.

Our Major and Minor Programs

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for descriptions of our major and minor:

Scheduled Course Offerings

  • Religious Studies Courses Fall 2020

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    Required Courses

    RLST 100 - The Comparative Study of Religion | GEKH

    • 13846 MW 930a-1045a Schmitz
    • 13850 MW 330p-0445p Schmitz
    • 13858 TR 330p-445p Whitters
    • 14628 ONLINE Whitters

    Restricted Electives: Traditions

    HIST 203 - Global History of Islam

    • 15742 TR 200p-315p Whitters

    HIST / RLST 379 - Special Topics: Biblical History

    • 15767 MW 1230p-145p Schmitz

    To apply this special topics course to your major or minor, please ask a History advisor for help.

    Restricted Electives: Methods

    PHIL 215 - Philosophy of Religion | GEKH

    • 12352 TR 200p-315p Bruya

    WGST / RLST 275 - Gender, Sexuality, and Religion in the U.S. | GEUS or GEKH

    • 15954 MW 200p-315p Ziegler


    ARTH 162 - Survey of Western Art I | GEKA

    • 13585 MW 930a-1045a Suchan
    • 16202 MW 1100a-1215p Suchan

    ARTH 469 - Baroque Art

    • 16200 TR 1230p-145p Stewart

    CLAS 301 - Classical Mythology

    • 16341 TR 1100a-1215p Holoka

    PHIL 260 - Existentialism | GEKH

    • 13225 ONLINE Mehuron
  • Religious Studies Courses Winter 2021

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    Required Courses

    RLST 100 - The Comparative Study of Religion | GEKH

    • 22034 MW 0330p0445p Online Synchronous Schmitz Honors
    • 22035 Online Asynchronous Whitters
    • 22234 TR 1100a1215p Online Synchronous Whitters
    • 22427 Online Asynchronous Whitters

    Restricted Electives: Traditions

    HIST / RLST 304 Early Judaism

    • 23825 / 23826 MW 0200p0315p Online Synchronous Schmitz

    HIST / RLST 306 Hinduism

    • 23847 / 23848 TR 1230p0145p Online Synchronous Egge

    Restricted Electives: Methods

    PHIL 215 Philosophy of Religion

    • 23805 MW 1230p0145p Online Synchronous 

    PSY 225 Psychology of Religion

    • 23490 Online Asynchronous Pejsa-Reitz

    WGST 362 Black Women: Religion and Sexism

    • 20760 TR 1100a1215p Online Synchronous Logwood


    ARTH 162 Survey of Western Art I

    • 21028 MW 0930a1045a Online Synchronous Suchan

    PHIL 228 Global Ethics

    • 21072 MW 0930a1045a Online Synchronous Ouko

    PHIL 260 Existentialism

    • 23105 MW 1100a1215p Online Synchronous Proulx

    PHIL 291 Intro to Asian Philosophy

    • 23387 Online Asynchronous Bruya

    CLAS 301 Classical Mythology

    • 22749 MW 0200p0315p Online Synchronous Holoka

Advising, Career Planning, Scholarships, and Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Religious Studies majors and minors are encouraged to take advantage of all History Section programs and services, including:

Faculty and Staff

Instructors who regularly offer classes in Religious Studies include:

Brian Bruya
James Egge
Dyann Logwood
Kate Mehuron
Jeremy Proulx
Ronald Rich
Philip C. Schmitz
Rachel Schroeder
Mark Whitters

Contact Us

Please contact Professor Phil Schmitz or Professor James Egge with any questions about our Religious Studies programs.

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