Minor in Religion

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Religion

Upon completing the minor in Religion, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the critical toolkit used to the study of religion and religious traditions, including (inter)disciplinary methodologies and theories at a basic level.
    (Critical Skills for the Study of Religion: Theory, Method and (Inter)Disciplinarity)
  2. Gain basic objective knowledge of the beliefs, practices, and institutional histories of the world’s religions.
    (Religious Literacy)

Requirements for the Minor in Religion

Students pursuing the minor in Religion must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • No courses from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Religion18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
Core Course
RELI 101INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION3
Religious Traditions6
Select 1 course from each of the following categories (see course lists below):
Judaism/Christianity/Islam/African-American Religions
Indigenous African Religions/American Religions/Buddhism/Hinduism
Elective Requirements
Select 3 courses from departmental (RELI) course offerings.9
Total Credit Hours18

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

Please Note: The following list of courses can be used to satisfy the requirements of the minor. Specific course offerings may vary from semester to semester. As noted above with minor requirements, in certain instances, courses not on the official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor's academic advisor. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Judaism/Christianity/Islam/African-American Religions

Select 1 course from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM
INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM
COMPARING CHRISTIANITIES
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA
MYSTICISM THROUGHOUT THE AGES
RELIGION AND THE ART OF HAPPINESS
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II
INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW III
RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA
LIBERATION THEOLOGIES
JUDAISM OF JESUS AND HILLEL
THE PROPHET JEREMIAH: THE BIBLICAL BOOK AND ITS RECEPTION IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY
MYSTIC CINEMA: KABBALAH IN FILM
SHI'ISM: ASSASSINS AND AYATULLAH
THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD
QUR'AN AND COMMENTARY
THE BOOK OF GENESIS
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLACK CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES
MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY
RELIGION IN FICTION AND FILM
NIETZSCHE AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT
JESUS AND THE GOSPELS
SEMINAR ON LOVE
CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN AFRICA
DEMONS, MENTAL ILLNESS AND MEDICINE
MAJOR ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAM
WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE CRUCIBLE OF GLOBALIZATION
PAUL AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
READING WRIGHT: THEISM AND ATHEISM IN THE WRITINGS OF RICHARD WRIGHT
THE MESSIAH
LOST JUDAISMS: THE APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
PILGRIMAGE AND CRUSADE
GOD, TIME AND HISTORY
WESTERN ESOTERICISM: METHOD AND THEORY
THE PSALMS AND THEIR POETIC AFTERLIFE
SEARCH FOR GOD IN THE POSTMODERN WORLD
THE REFORMATION & ITS RESULTS
LOSING YOUR RELIGION IN FILM & FICTION & MUSIC
CHRISTIANITY AND LATE ANTIQUITY
SECRET RELIGION
NEW TESTAMENT / CHRISTIAN ORIGINS
RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA
RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN AFRICA
HISTORY AND METHODS: NINETEETH CENTURY
HISTORY AND METHODS: TWENTIETH CENTURY
RELIGION, PSYCHOLOGY & CULTURE
ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION
MAGIC AND POPULAR RELIGION
CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ARABIC TEXTS
EARLY CHRISTIAN CONTROVERSIES
MYSTICISM: THEORIES AND METHODS
KABBALAH SEMINAR
FROM DECOLONIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION
GNOSTICISM SEMINAR
THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS SCHOOLS
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND RELIGION

Indigenous African Religions/American Religions/Buddhism/Hinduism

Select 1 course from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN RELIGIONS
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA
RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA
ASIAN RELIGIONS IN AMERICA
AMERICAN METAPHYSICAL RELIGION
INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE TIBETAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLACK CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES
RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
ADVANCED TIBETAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE
KNOWING BODY/GLOWING MIND: BUDDHIST ARTS OF CONTEMPLATION AND ANALYSIS
SHAMANS, SAINTS, & SAGES
THEOLOGY IN AFRICA
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA
WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE CRUCIBLE OF GLOBALIZATION
READING WRIGHT: THEISM AND ATHEISM IN THE WRITINGS OF RICHARD WRIGHT
MIND AND ART, FILM AND LITERATURE IN BUDDHISM
MUTANTS AND MYSTICS: RACE, SEXUALITY, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMANITIES
GNOSTIC AMERICA
AFRICAN MYTHS AND RITUALS
RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA
RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN AFRICA
TIBETAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
MYSTICISM: THEORIES AND METHODS

Policies for the Minor in Religion

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Religion should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Religion should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Transfer credit coursework cannot be used to count towards the minor.

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution eligibility is done as part of the new course creation process. As part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution eligibility is reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution at the time of course registration. 

Distribution courses from Religion (RELI) are broad-based, accessible to non-majors, and provide a foundation that enables students to integrate knowledge from multiple perspectives.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Religion website: https://reli.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the Minor in Religion

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Religion website: https://reli.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.