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Admission into the Minor

Students are expected to formally declare a minor by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Special Opportunities

The department annually awards both Silverstein Fellowships (providing the opportunity to work in the department for one or more semesters, assisting in the main office and assisting professors with their work) and Silverstein Scholarships (awarded by the faculty each Honors Day based on a student’s GPA [only REL majors and Judaic Studies minors are eligible]). To learn more about these funding opportunities, visit as.ua.edu/rel/stdeskscholarships.html. The department also conducts four ongoing lecture and discussion series, supports an active Religious Studies Student Association and hosts the local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honors society for the study of religion. Finally, apart from featuring undergraduate research on the department's blog, it hosts an annual undergraduate research symposium -- talk to an REL professor about getting involved.

Find us on Facebook at "Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama" and the "Religious Studies Student Association" or on Twitter @StudyReligion.

More InformationHours
Minor Courses
REL 100 or Intro To Religious Studies3
REL 105 Honors Intro Relig Stdy
REL 102Intro to Religions of the World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Track
Select nine hours9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Electives
Select six hours of REL electives6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Hours21

Tracks

Students must earn nine hours in one of the following three tracks: Religion in Communication, Religion in Conflict or Religion in Context.

Religion in Communication

Hours
REL 110Intro To The Old Testament3
REL 112Intro To New Testament3
REL 124Religion & Film in America3
REL 224Judaism3
REL 228Hy Of Christian Thought3
REL 237Self Society & Religions3
REL 240Apocalypse In Contemporary Fil3
REL 311English Bible As Literature3
REL 322Tales from Asia: Told and Retold in Film and Popular Culture3
REL 340Nietzsche and Religion3
REL 341Theories of Myth3
REL 420Gospel Of Mark3
REL 430Religion and Literature3
REL 440Theories of Religion3

Religion in Conflict

Hours
REL 220Survey Of Asian Religion3
REL 223Holocaust Historical Perspecti3
REL 226African Diaspora Religions3
REL 234Women And Religion3
REL 240Apocalypse In Contemporary Fil3
REL 241American Religious History3
REL 245Honors Hist. Religions of Amer3
REL 321Rel & Ident in South Asia3
REL 347Jewish-Christian Relations3
REL 350Religion in Colonial Empire3
REL 410Religion and Genocide3
REL 415Religion in the American South3
REL 419Myth Ritual And Magic3

Religion in Context

Hours
REL 110Intro To The Old Testament3
REL 112Intro To New Testament3
REL 124Religion & Film in America3
REL 208Hinduism3
REL 220Survey Of Asian Religion3
REL 226African Diaspora Religions3
REL 228Hy Of Christian Thought3
REL 234Women And Religion3
REL 236Islam3
REL 237Self Society & Religions3
REL 238Philosophies Of Judaism3
REL 241American Religious History3
REL 245Honors Hist. Religions of Amer3
REL 311English Bible As Literature3
REL 321Rel & Ident in South Asia3
REL 322Tales from Asia: Told and Retold in Film and Popular Culture3
REL 341Theories of Myth3
REL 415Religion in the American South3
REL 419Myth Ritual And Magic3
REL 420Gospel Of Mark3
REL 440Theories of Religion3

Variable Topics Courses

Depending on the topic, the following courses may be counted toward any track. In addition, students can earn a maximum of nine hours for any variable topics courses that address different course content.

Hours
REL 361Individual Research3
REL 370Adv Study Religion In Religion and Communication3
REL 371Adv St Religion and Conflict3
REL 372Adv Std Religion and Context3
REL 373Seminar Rel and Communication3
REL 460Individual Research3
REL 461Individual Research3
REL 480Seminar Rel and Conflict3
REL 483Seminar Rel and Context3
REL 490Senior Capstone Seminar3

Religion in Popular Culture

is offered every semester and is devoted to studying religion in popular culture/public humanities; it is a one credit hour course repeatable up to a total of three credit hours and is open to all students. REL 360 meets in the evenings to view and then blog on films (different films are included each semester, with faculty introducing them and leading a discussion after). It also includes includes attending either the annual Day or Aronov Lectures (the former each Fall and the latter each Spring).

REL Honors Track

The REL Honors Track, involving 3 hours of REL 400, is only open to REL majors/double majors who meet GPA requirements. See the major requirements for more information.

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of six hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional Minor Requirements

A minimum of nine hours must be earned in 300- or 400-level courses.

With department approval, the equivalent of up to six credit hours can be applied toward the minor requirement from relevant coursework done outside of the religious studies department. Speak with the Religious Studies adviser to discuss courses outside REL that might enhance a minor in the study of religion.

Students can count a maximum of six hours of online REL courses toward the minor.

For more information on degree requirements, visit as.ua.edu/rel/degree.html. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Prerequisites

Unless otherwise stated, the prerequisite for 300- and 400-level REL courses is junior standing or permission of the instructor.