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Religious Studies

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose the Religious Studies Minor?

The purpose of a minor in Religious Studies is to introduce our students to the religious and philosophical thoughts and institutions of the world, both ancient and modern. To understand the religious and philosophical component of human experience has enormous value, and is of great importance, in our world; for it enriches our understanding of ourselves and our culture, and expands our understanding of the experience and culture of others by introducing us to the experiences and cultures of the world.

Admission Requirements

This Religious Studies minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The minor is designed to compliment any Ferris major program. A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. At least 50 percent of the credits of the minor must be numbered 300 or higher.  At least 50 percent of the credits of the minor must be Ferris State University credits.  This minor requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in these courses.  

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. J. Randall Groves
PHONE: 231-591-2771

Humanities Department
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3675

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Comparative Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions


Choose 6 credits from the following:
Introduction to Philosophy
Ancient Through Medieval
Modern Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics