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 in the study of religion and religious traditions, including (inter)disciplinary methodologies and theories at a proficient level.
    (Critical Skills for the Study of Religion: Theory, Method and (Inter)Disciplinarity)
  2. Gain proficient 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 credit 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 Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Judaism/Christianity/Islam/African-American Religions

Select a minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) from the Judaism/Christianity/Islam/African-American Religions course options.

Judaism/Christianity/Islam/African-American Religions
RELI 104 / MDEM 103INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MYSTICISM3
RELI 105 / MDEM 105INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN THOUGHT3
RELI 108INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM3
RELI 112COMPARING CHRISTIANITIES3
RELI 113INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA3
RELI 116 / MDEM 116MYSTICISM THROUGHOUT THE AGES3
RELI 124RELIGION AND THE ART OF HAPPINESS3
RELI 126 / HEBR 126INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II3
RELI 127INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW III3
RELI 157RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA3
RELI 158LIBERATION THEOLOGIES3
RELI 203 / HIST 201JUDAISM OF JESUS AND HILLEL3
RELI 213THE PROPHET JEREMIAH: THE BIBLICAL BOOK AND ITS RECEPTION IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY3
RELI 215 / FILM 215MYSTIC CINEMA: KABBALAH IN FILM3
RELI 217SHI'ISM: ASSASSINS AND AYATULLAH3
RELI 221 / ASIA 221THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD3
RELI 223QUR'AN AND COMMENTARY3
RELI 243THE BOOK OF GENESIS3
RELI 270INTRODUCTION TO THE BLACK CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES3
RELI 271 / MDEM 271MEDIEVAL POPULAR CHRISTIANITY3
RELI 282INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY3
RELI 294RELIGION IN FICTION AND FILM3
RELI 301NIETZSCHE AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT3
RELI 304JESUS AND THE GOSPELS3
RELI 343 / HART 347SEMINAR ON LOVE3
RELI 348CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN AFRICA3
RELI 350 / MDEM 350DEMONS, MENTAL ILLNESS AND MEDICINE3
RELI 356MAJOR ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAM3
RELI 357WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?3
RELI 359RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE CRUCIBLE OF GLOBALIZATION3
RELI 365PAUL AND THE NEW TESTAMENT3
RELI 369READING WRIGHT: THEISM AND ATHEISM IN THE WRITINGS OF RICHARD WRIGHT3
RELI 381THE MESSIAH3
RELI 382LOST JUDAISMS: THE APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS3
RELI 383THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS3
RELI 384PILGRIMAGE AND CRUSADE3
RELI 385 / HIST 381GOD, TIME AND HISTORY3
RELI 387WESTERN ESOTERICISM: METHOD AND THEORY3
RELI 388THE PSALMS AND THEIR POETIC AFTERLIFE3
RELI 390SEARCH FOR GOD IN THE POSTMODERN WORLD3
RELI 391 / MDEM 391THE REFORMATION & ITS RESULTS3
RELI 395LOSING YOUR RELIGION IN FILM & FICTION & MUSIC3
RELI 406CHRISTIANITY AND LATE ANTIQUITY3
RELI 415SECRET RELIGION3
RELI 416NEW TESTAMENT / CHRISTIAN ORIGINS3
RELI 424RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA3
RELI 426RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN AFRICA3
RELI 430RELIGION, PSYCHOLOGY & CULTURE3
RELI 440ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION3
RELI 441 / ASIA 441MAGIC AND POPULAR RELIGION3
RELI 442CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ARABIC TEXTS3
RELI 449EARLY CHRISTIAN CONTROVERSIES3
RELI 458MYSTICISM: THEORIES AND METHODS3
RELI 472KABBALAH SEMINAR3
RELI 476 / FREN 324 / POLI 324FROM DECOLONIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION3
RELI 481GNOSTICISM SEMINAR3
RELI 488THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS SCHOOLS3
RELI 490AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND RELIGION3

Indigenous African Religions/American Religions/Buddhism/Hinduism

Select a minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) from the Indigenous African Religions/American Religions/Buddhism/Hinduism course options.

Indigenous African Religions/American Religions/Buddhism/Hinduism
RELI 111INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN RELIGIONS3
RELI 113INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA3
RELI 157RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA3
RELI 230 / ASIA 230ASIAN RELIGIONS IN AMERICA3
RELI 231 / ASIA 231AMERICAN METAPHYSICAL RELIGION3
RELI 232 / ASIA 232RELIGIONS FROM INDIA3
RELI 233 / TIBT 233INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE3
RELI 234 / TIBT 234INTERMEDIATE TIBETAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE3
RELI 270INTRODUCTION TO THE BLACK CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES3
RELI 311RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA3
RELI 322 / ASIA 322INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM3
RELI 332 / TIBT 332ADVANCED TIBETAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE3
RELI 333KNOWING BODY/GLOWING MIND: BUDDHIST ARTS OF CONTEMPLATION AND ANALYSIS3
RELI 337SHAMANS, SAINTS, & SAGES3
RELI 340THEOLOGY IN AFRICA3
RELI 342 / ANTH 343NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA3
RELI 357WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?3
RELI 359RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE CRUCIBLE OF GLOBALIZATION3
RELI 369READING WRIGHT: THEISM AND ATHEISM IN THE WRITINGS OF RICHARD WRIGHT3
RELI 378MIND AND ART, FILM AND LITERATURE IN BUDDHISM3
RELI 393MUTANTS AND MYSTICS: RACE, SEXUALITY, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMANITIES3
RELI 417GNOSTIC AMERICA3
RELI 423 / ANTH 423AFRICAN MYTHS AND RITUALS3
RELI 424RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA3
RELI 426RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN AFRICA3
RELI 433TIBETAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE3
RELI 458MYSTICISM: THEORIES AND METHODS3
RELI 470BUDDHIST WISDOM TEXTS3

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.