Religious Studies represents an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to understand more fully the ways in which the religious has been and is manifest in human history and culture.
The study of our own tradition and of other religious traditions
broadens us and makes us more human, more ready to have a conversation
with another. When we enter the life-worlds of others, we become freer
and larger morally. Culture builds on the past; history unfolds. It is
important to remember that human experience is borne by culture—the
life-forms of those who came before us can be carried into the "now" and
into tomorrow. To engage in religious studies is to expand our
horizons; it is part of a liberal education, if by "liberal" we mean
Religious studies minors must take 21 hours, with a grade of "C" or better," from the following courses:
At least 12 credit hours must be taken at the 200 level or above, including at least 3 credit hours at Benedictine at the 300 level.
Minors work with advisors to plan the focus of their academic study; that is, whether they want to study Christianity, with emphasis on the Catholic tradition, or comparative religions.