Contact Us
Dr. Lynn E. Mitchell, Director
Religious Studies
University of Houston
260 McElhinney Bldg.
Houston, TX 77204-5020
Phone: (713) 743-3987
Email: lemitchell@uh.edu

Ms. Tamara Cobb,
Academic Advisor
Email: tncobb@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-2474
FAX (713) 743-8346
232 McElhinney
Houston, TX 77204-5020

Minor Requirements

A Religious Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours.

  • Students must complete at least 12 hours in residence.
  • A minimum of 9 hours must be advanced; at least 6 of which must be in residence.
  • Students must earn a grade point average of 2.00 or higher on all courses attempted in the minor.

The 18 required hours are to include:

  1. RELS 1301 Intro to Religious Studies
  2. Three hours of either RELS 2310: The Bible and Western Culture I or RELS 2311: The Bible and Western Culture II.
  3. At least six hours selected from other RELS courses. See list below.
  4. At least three hours selected from Humanities courses. See list below. (Note: Any Religious Studies course will count as a Humanities credit, or any course from the Humanities list.)
  5. At least three hours selected from Social Sciences related courses. See list below.

Religious Studies Courses

  • RELS 1301 Introduction to Religious Studies **
  • RELS 2310 The Bible and Western Culture I **
  • RELS 2311 The Bible and Western Culture II **
  • RELS 2330 Judaism **
  • RELS 2335 Rabbinic Biblical Interpretation ~
  • RELS 2340 Introduction to Hinduism ~ +
  • RELS 2350 Introduction to Islam ~ +
  • RELS 2360 Introduction to Buddhism ~ +
  • RELS 2380 Religion and Film >
  • RELS 2396 Selected Topic in Religious Studies
  • RELS 2397 Selected Topics in Religious Studies
  • RELS 3330 Christianity
  • RELS 3370 Bible and Modern Science (offered via Distance Education) ~
  • RELS 3375 Christianity and Ethics (offered via Distance Education) ~
  • RELS 3380 Asian Religions # +
  • RELS 3381 Global Hinduism ~ +
  • RELS 3396 Selected Topic in Religious Studies
  • RELS 3396 Asian Religions in America #
  • RELS 3396 Religions from India +
  • RELS 3396 Islamic Philosophy of Science ^
  • RELS 3396 Muslim-Christian Relations ^
  • RELS 3397 Selected Topic in Religious Studies
  • RELS 4320 Religion and Personality
  • RELS 4360 Clash of Civilizations ^
  • RELS 4396 Selected Topic in Religious Studies
  • RELS 4396 Islamic Spirituality ^

Humanities Courses (3 hours)

  • AAS 2322 Introduction to African Religions and Philosophy
  • AAS 4330 The Black Church in America
  • ARAB 3303 Quranic and Classical Arabic
  • CLAS 3306 Greek and Roman Myths
  • CLAS 3307 Greek and Roman Myths of Heroes
  • CLAS 3308 Myths and the Cult of Ancient Gods
  • GREK 1301 Elementary Greek I
  • GREK 1302 Elementary Greek II
  • GREK 1331 Introduction to Classical and Biblical Greek I
  • GREK 1332 Introduction to Classical and Biblical Greek II
  • GREK 3331 Basic Translation of Ancient/Koine Greek I
  • GREK 3332 Basic Translation of Ancient/Koine Greek II
  • HIST 3310 History of Religions in America to 1865
  • HIST 3311 History of Religions in America since 1865
  • HIST 4332 The Crusades
  • HIST 4334 The Reformation in Europe
  • HIST 4375 Religions of Modern Latin America
  • PHIL 3348 Philosophy and Evolution
  • PHIL 3374 Science and Religion
  • PHIL 3377 Philosophy of Religion

Social Science Courses (three hours)

  • RELS 3370 Bible and Modern Science
  • RELS 4320 Religion and Personality
  • RELS 4360 Clash of Civilizations
  • ANTH 3348 Anthropology of Religion (Writing Intensive Course)
  • POLS 3340 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
  • POLS 4333 Islam and Democracy
  • SOC 3375 Religion and Society
  • SOC 3385 Sociology of World Religions

Additional Note: Courses with Religious Studies content not on this list may be petitioned for use in the minor.

** denotes CORE Humanities approved course

> denotes CORE Visual and Perfoming Arts approved course

~ denotes CORE Writing in the Disciplines approved course

+ denotes course approved for use in India Studies program

^ denotes course approved for use in some Bauer programs

# denotes course approved for use in Chinese Studies program