Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Explore world religions and gain a deeper understanding of global issues from a theological lens.
The UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is the home of the nation's leading Doctoral Program in environmental ethics/philosophy and the nation's first Masters's Program in the field.

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Why Earn a Religion Minor?

During a religious studies degree, students learn about comparative religious traditions, the impact of religion on society, and the history of religion. Religious studies majors strengthen their research, writing, and communications abilities while also gaining strong critical thinking skills.

Religion Minor Courses You Could Take

Religion and American Society (3 hrs)
Subjects covered include religious pluralism in the United States, religion and civil rights, evolution and creationism, religion and gender, and religious response to cultural change.
Sociology of Religion (3 hrs)
Explores the sociological approach to studying religion in society. Provides an overview of historical and current sociological research on religion. Topics may include the social and structural influences on individuals’ and societies’ religiosity; secularization theory; denominationalism and congregationalism; church-sect theory; religion and race, class and gender; and separation of church and state.
Rabbinic Judaism (3 hrs)
An investigation of the fundamental principles of Jewish law, a system involving the interplay of biblical sources with evolving Rabbinic interpretations and traditions. Focuses on the major figures in the formation of Jewish Law, the core texts, and how it translates its theological insights into a practical working system that is relevant to the worlds of modernity and post-modernity.
Islam and Philosophy (3 hrs)
An examination of the major issues, figures, and texts of Islamic philosophy and theology, such as al-Kindi, al-Razi, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), al-Ghazali, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes), as well as questions concerning the ultimate nature of the world, proofs of God’s existence, reason and faith, ethics and the afterlife, science and politics, Islam and the modern world.
Eastern Religion and the Environment (3 hrs)
An examination of non-Western religious traditions for an environmental philosophy geared toward assessing global environmental issues with a focus on South Asian and East Asian philosophical and religious traditions.
World Religions (3 hrs)
Philosophical and social dimensions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Humanism. Emphasizes the diversity of religious experience and traditions.

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