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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 Summer 2021

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    Required Courses

    RLST 100 - The Comparative Study of Religion | GEKH

    • 50404, 5/5 - 6/22, MW 100p - 330p Online Synchronous Schmitz
  • Religious Studies Courses Fall 2021

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    Required Courses

    RLST 100 - The Comparative Study of Religion | GEKH

    • 12490 MW 0200p0315p Main Campus Whitters
    • 12502 Online Asynchronous Whitters
    • 14417 Online Asynchronous Whitters

    Restricted Electives: Traditions

    HIST 204 - Introduction to the History of Judaism | GEKH

    • 14390 MW 1230p-145p Main Campus Whitters

    Restricted Electives: Methods

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

    • 14009 / 14984 / 14561 TR 1100a-1215p Online Synchronous 

    PHIL 215 - Philosophy of Religion | GEKH

    • 11379 MW 1230p-145p Main Campus Proulx

    PSY 225 - Psychology of Religion

    • 12516 Online Asynchronous Pejsa-Reitz

    SOCL 320 - Sociology of Religion

    • 14556 Online Asynchronous Schroeder


    ARTH 162 - Survey of Western Art I | GEKA

    • 12320 T 1230p-145p Online Synch & Asynch 
    • 14033 T 200p-315p Online Synch & Asynch

    CLAS 301 - Classical Mythology

    • 12545 MW 0930a1045a Main Campus Holoka

    LITR 251 - The Bible as Literature | GEKH

    • 14356 TR 200p-315p Main Campus Neufeld

    PHIL 228 Global Ethics | GEKH

    • 10538 TR 1230p-145p Main Campus Ouko

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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