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Religious Studies

The study of religion is at the core of the liberal arts, and a minor in Religious Studies will supplement your major by providing literacy in a variety of religious traditions and by inviting you to reflect on ways human beings have lived out responses to their deepest and most profound questions.

Minors in Religious Studies will:

  • identify concerns at the heart of human experience, especially those pertaining to the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, and values;
  • understand the way religious communities have addressed these concerns throughout history, in relation to other social and cultural forces;
  • and respond to these issues themselves, building on a firm foundation of cultural literacy, analytic method, and critical intelligence.

The skills promoted by a minor in Religious Studies, in concert with a major concentration, are essential to understanding the world around us. They are also universally applicable in our own lives and in our chosen professions. Overall, they serve as the necessary tools for becoming an informed and engaged citizen of the world.

Requirements for a minor in religious studies

All of the following:  
RS 115 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam                           3
RS 120 Introduction to the Religions of Asia 3
PHIL 322 Philosophy of Religion 3
Three Religious Studies electives, two of which must be at the
300 level or above.
9
Total Credits 18

 


Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/821-ashley-feith"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,0,811,811/8136_video.jpg" alt="Ashley Feith" title="Ashley Feith" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> PHIL/RS major Ashley Feith ’13 pursued religious studies to learn about the diverse world we live in, and to find out what makes people tick. Her curiosity led her to study abroad in Greece. She captured her experience in a short video—and won a nationwide prize. Check it out <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR18kQ7tLR0" target="_blank">here</a>. </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/821-ashley-feith">Ashley Feith</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/philosophy-and-religious-studies/index.php">Philosophy& Religious Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/820-christian-kronsted"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/347,90,875,619/7411_christian.jpg" alt="Christian Kronsted" title="Christian Kronsted" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> PHIL/RS major Christian Kronsted wanted to make philosophy more accessible. So he worked with faculty member Carrie-Ann Biondi and developed <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBccspWcyyU" target="_blank">Cogito</a></em>, the world’s first philosophy card game. It’s a cross between <em>Uno</em> and games like <em>Magic: The Gathering</em>. Christian wants everyone to “grow down” and think some great thoughts—through play.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/820-christian-kronsted">Christian Kronsted</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/philosophy-and-religious-studies/index.php">Philosophy& Religious Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/819-hannah-wolfe"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/50,0,516,466/7410_hannah.jpg" alt="Hannah Wolfe" title="Hannah Wolfe" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> While she was studying religion at MMC, Hannah Wolfe interned at <a href="http://www.odysseynetworks.org/" target="_blank">Odyssey Networks</a>, an organization that uses electronic media to enhance interfaith understanding. Now,  Hannah is off to South Africa with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to learn, to educate, and to immerse herself in a different form of life. </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/819-hannah-wolfe">Hannah Wolfe</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/philosophy-and-religious-studies/index.php">Philosophy & Religious Studies</a></p></div>