Location: Landrum Academic Center 217C
Web Address: https://inside.nku.edu/artsci/departments/sapdept/philosophy/undergraduate-programs/religious-studies-minor.html
Director: Terry Pence
Available in traditional and fully-online formats.
NKU’s interdisciplinary religious studies program offers a 21-credit-hour minor designed for students who are especially interested in religious studies or who wish for career purposes to add to their general education background.
Religious studies is the scholarly examination of the widespread and diverse phenomena of human religious experiences, the expression of these experiences in systems of belief and in institutions, and their interaction with culture and society. Religion embodies some of humanity’s most profound and enduring attempts to answer perennial questions about the nature of ultimate reality and about human nature and destiny. An important dimension of religious studies at NKU is its incorporation of cognate courses from other disciplines, including philosophy, history, geography, sociology, psychology, literature, anthropology, and women’s and gender studies.
Religious studies provides a factual and analytical understanding of religion; sympathetic understanding of a wide range of religious traditions, cultures and values; and an introduction to the relevant literature, vocabulary, and methods used in the scholarly study of religion. This sort of an appreciation of religion is an important component in an individual’s education. It is also relevant to many professions and fields including education, law, medicine, nursing, ministry, and human services, and to students interested in graduate studies in religious studies.
Students must earn a C- or better in all courses chosen to meet a category requirement.
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