Religious Studies (Minor)

The study of religion provides opportunities for exploring the deepest level of meaning of the human experience. Accordingly, this field of study is highly interdisciplinary and frequently is associated with cognate disciplines providing ways of exploring religious meaning in culture, text and thought. The minor offers a wide range of courses that expose students to the disciplines associated with religious studies including the history of religions; sociology and anthropology of religion; and psychology of religion and historical, biblical criticism. The religious studies program at Cedar Crest works in cooperation with the minor in anthropology. Courses in the minor include explorations of transplanted communities of mainstream Asian religions in the United States, world religions, community studies and religion and wellness.

Self-design: students may self design a major in religious studies by adding cognate courses from related fields and/or enrolling in LVAIC courses in religion.

Some courses in the minor also offer students the opportunity to do supervised field work and may lead to internships or paid assistantships in the summer. Students are also encouraged to take additional courses in religious studies or anthropology at other LVAIC institutions.


Dr. Allen Richardson
Mr. Mohammed Rajmohammed (adjunct & winner of the 2009 prize in adjunct teaching)


Requirements for the Religious Studies Minor (18 credits)

  • REL 100 Introduction to Religion and Culture 3 credits
    plus choose five from the following courses:
  • REL 101 Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Cultures 3 credits
  • REL 120 Religions of South and East Asia 3 credits
  • REL 204 Psychology and Religion 3 credits
  • REL 220 Death and Dying 3 credits
  • REL 233 Spirituality and Wellness 3 credits
  • REL 225 Transplanted Religious Communities: Buddhism 3 credits
  • REL 226 Transplanted Religious Communities: Hinduism 3 credits
  • REL 227 Transplanted Religious Communities: Islam 3 credits
  • REL 250 Researching American Communities 3 credits
Last Updated: 1/13/10