Minoring in Religious Studies can enhance students’ undergraduate education, whether their major is in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities. Students specialize in one religious tradition and have the opportunity to study religion from a variety of perspectives.

Requirements to Fulfill the Minor:

In order to complete a minor in Religious Studies, each student must fulfill the following requirements:

1. The completion of a minimum of five graded courses (15 credits) within the Department of Religious Studies.

2. The completion of two courses (6 credits) in one of the world's major religious traditions as a primary concentration: African religions (RELA), Buddhism (RELB), Christianity (RELC), Hinduism (RELH), Islam (RELI) or Judaism (RELJ).

  • RELG 1010 may be counted toward a concentration in Christianity, Islam or Judaism.
  • RELG 1040 may be counted toward a concentration in Buddhism or Hinduism.

3. At least one of the five required courses (3 credits) must be taken at the 3000 level, or above.

4. A grade of C (2.0) or above must be achieved in each course offered for the completion of the Religious Studies minor.

The department of Religious Studies has now switched to the electronic DocuSign form. Applications must be filled out in consultation with a departmental faculty member. Please put Prof. Noah Salomon (nsalomon@virginia.edu) as the Department Contact on your form. On this form, list all the classes you have taken that you wish to apply towards the minor and any other classes that you will need to take to complete the minor requirements. Note that the declaration form is not set in stone, so future courses listed on the form are not binding. The idea is to show that you understand what a minor program should look like in terms of having the correct number and types of courses.

Students with any questions about the minor are encouraged to reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the department, Prof. Salomon, or to one our department's Undergraduate Peer Advisors.