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Students who take a minor program in Religious Studies are required to complete with a grade of C or better 15 hours of courses in selected fields of Religious Studies. In order to ensure a wide study of the field, students are required to select at least one course in each of the following categories: Historical Methods, Textual Methods, and Critical/Theoretical Methods. As part of these requirements, it is expected that at least one of the above classes focus on Western religious traditions and at least one on non-Western religious traditions. Electives may be filled from any of these courses or from other Religious Studies course offerings.

The Minor Adviser will determine whether courses transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two transferred courses may count toward the minor. Note also that no more than two courses may be "double-counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of a major.

Courses for the Minor in Religious Studies

(A) Courses in Historical Methods (3 credit hours)

(B) Courses in Textual Methods (3 credit hours)

  • REL 311 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • REL 312 Introduction to the New Testament
  • REL 314 Introduction to Intertestamental Literature
  • REL 412 Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels
  • REL 413 The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul
  • REL 491 Advanced Readings in Theological and Religious Literature

(C) Courses in Critical/Theoretical Methods (3 credit hours)

(D) Elective Courses: Any two REL courses (6 credit hours)

Courses that fulfill the Western Religious Traditions requirement:

REL 311, 312, 314, 317, 320, 323, 350, 402, 412, 413, and 423.

Courses that fulfill the Non-Western Religious Traditions requirement:

REL 230, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 407, and 408.


  1. As soon as you are ready to declare the minor, you should complete and sign the NC State “Declare a Minor” form (available here) and bring it to the Department’s Student Services Assistant, Ms. Stephanie Wilson, in Withers Hall, Room 340.
  2. Ms. Wilson will obtain the required departmental signatures and submit the form to Registration and Records on your behalf so that a minor degree audit can be added to your record.
  3. You should consult with the Minor Adviser, Dr. Jason Bivins, during each registration period to ensure that you are making headway toward completing the requirements of the minor.
  4. After registering for your last semester and before submitting your on-line application to graduate, you should complete a “Minor Certification Form” with Ms. Stephanie Wilson in Withers Hall, Room 340.