Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary field that uses the methods of the humanities and social sciences to increase our knowledge and understanding of religion. Students minoring in Religious Studies examine religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives by taking classes in Anthropology, Art History, Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies. Through this coursework, students develop the ability to understand religious phenomena and to critically evaluate religious claims. By better understanding how human beings have structured and given meaning to their lives, students gain a broadened perspective on human cultures and societies.
While not directed to particular careers, the Religious Studies minor helps students to develop highly transferable skills of critical thinking and effective communication.