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The ability to work with people from various cultural and religious backgrounds is a crucial asset in our increasingly diverse world. A minor in Religious Studies will equip you with skills to analyze religious traditions, their social contexts, and various approaches to religion so that you can understand and effectively engage with people in the workplace and beyond.


  • The Religious Studies minor can be added to supplement any major
  • Study various facets of religion from an interdisciplinary perspective through the lenses of religious studies, art, history, philosophy, and politics
  • Learn from faculty experienced in studying and working with religious communities around the world

Career opportunities

A minor in Religious Studies will enhance your work and effectiveness in virtually any field, including business, politics, ministry, education, medical care, social work, community development, and others.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

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Course listing

General Education Recommendations

GEOG 220Cultural Geography3
SOC 205Culture and Society3

Required Courses (6 Units)

REL 452World Christianity3
REL 460Religions of the World3

Electives (10-14 Units)

Four courses with a minimum of two 400-level REL courses

ART 330Art and Religion3
HIST 325History of Christianity4
HIST 364Classical Mythology3
PS 390Religion and Politics in America4
PSY 460Psychology of Religion3
REL 350Interfaith Scholar Weekend1
REL 405Philosophy of Religion3
REL 418Culture, Religion and the Church3
REL 455Christians and Religious Neighbors3
REL 465Religions of India3

Program director

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Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Intercultural and Religious Studies