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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 2019

    Required Courses

    RLST 100 - The Comparative Study of Religion | GEKH

    • MW 0930a-1045a Schmitz 14776
    • MW 0330p-0445p Schmitz 14793
    • Online Rogers 14805
    • Online Rogers 14806

    Restricted Electives: Traditions

    HIST / RLST 304 - Early Judaism

    • TR 1100a-1215p Whitters 16601 / 16602

    HIST / RLST 334 - Early Christianity

    • MW 1100a-1215p Rogers 12700 / 14786

    Restricted Electives: Methods

    PHIL 215 - Philosophy of Religion | GEKH

    • MW 0200p-0315p Ouko 12825

    PSY 225 - Psychology of Religion

    • MW 0330p-0445p Pejsa-Reitz 14833

    Electives

    ARTH 162 - Survey of Western Art I | GEKA

    • MW 0930a1045a Suchan 14363

    CLAS 301 Classical Mythology

    • MW 1100a1215p Holoka 14896

    PHIL 260 Existentialism

    • TR 0200p0315p Ouko 13915

    We will also approve ARTH 369 - History of Renaissance Art (TR 12:30p-1:45p Stewart 15966) as an Elective; please contact an advisor to include this course in your program.

  • Religious Studies Courses Winter 2020

    Updated 11/6/2019

    Required Courses

    RLST 100 - The Comparative Study of Religion | GEKH

    • 23800 MW 0330p0445p Schmitz
    • 24120 TR 0930a1045a Whitters
    • 23802 ONLINE Whitters
    • 24593 ONLINE Schmitz

    RLST 300W - Theories and Methods for the Study of Religion | GEWI

    • 25886 MW 1230p0145p Schmitz

    Restricted Electives: Traditions

    HIST 203 - Global History of Islam

    • 26076 TR 0330p0445p Whitters

    HIST / RLST 307 - Buddhism

    • 25874 / 25888 TR 1230p0145p Egge

    Restricted Electives: Methods

    AFC / RLST / WGST 362 - Black Women: Religion and Sexism

    • 22077 / 25940 / 21665 TR 1100a1215p Logwood

    PHIL / RLST / WGST 320 - Gender, World Religions, and Social Justice

    • 25857 / 25859 / 25868 MW 0200p0315p Mehuron

    PSY 225 - Psychology of Religion

    • 26649 MW 1100a1215p

    Electives

    ARTH 162 - Survey of Western Art I | GEKA

    • 22249 MW 0930a1045a Suchan

    CLAS 301 - Classical Mythology

    • 25271 MW 0200p0315p Holoka

    PHIL 228 - Global Ethics | GEGA or GEKH

    • 22318 MW 1100a1215p

    PHIL 260 - Existentialism | GEKH

    • 26106 MW 1230p0145p McMahon

    PHIL 291 - Introduction to Asian Philosophy | GEGA

    • 26505 MW 1100a1215p

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
Rick Rogers
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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