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Courses & Transfers

Courses in Religious Studies offer contextualized approaches to religious subject matter. Most of our courses originate in other CLA departments: history, Asian languages & literatures, classical & Near Eastern studies, anthropology, etc. With over 60 courses cross-listed with RELS, students have a wealth of options from which to choose.

Course descriptions in our ClassInfo database provide more in-depth information about courses, expectations, and workload to give you a realistic understanding about what you will experience in each course. Schedule Builder is a tool for students to explore and build their course schedule. 

Spring 2021

Course NumberCourse TitleSections
RELS 1082Jesus in HistorySections [2]
RELS 3001WTheory and Method in Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Rel...Sections [1]
RELS 3092Jesus in HistorySections [2]
RELS 3206Sex, Murder, and Bodily Discharges: Purity and Pollution in the Ancien...Sections [1]
RELS 3254Archaeology of Ritual and ReligionSections [1]
RELS 3415WArt of IndiaSections [3]
RELS 3502WAncient Israel: From Conquest to ExileSections [1]
RELS 3609Medieval ArtSections [1]
RELS 3611Eastern Orthodoxy: History and CultureSections [1]
RELS 3624Atheists & Others: Religious Outsiders in the United StatesSections [1]
RELS 3627The End of the World in Literature and HistorySections [1]
RELS 3704Exploring the Quran: An intellectual odyssey with Islam's holy scriptu...Sections [1]
RELS 3711The Islamic WorldSections [1]
RELS 3993Directed StudiesSections [1]
RELS 4952CapstoneSections [1]
RELS 5001Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Critical Approaches to the...Sections [1]
RELS 5254Archaeology of Ritual and ReligionSections [1]
RELS 5612Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal CapitalSections [1]
RELS 5993Directed StudiesSections [1]

Fall 2021

There are no RELS courses available for Fall 2021.
Please see classinfo.umn.edu for more info.

For fuller descriptions and more in-depth information on courses in the current or upcoming semester, see the ClassInfo database.

Transferring Religious Studies and Theology Courses 
Religious studies and theology courses transfer if they are not doctrinal, confessional, or sectarian in nature. Religious studies courses from public institutions transfer without special review; religious studies courses from all other institutions must be reviewed by faculty of the Religious Studies Program.

To request a review of a course, follow the instructions for Transfer Credit Evaluation.

See a complete list of undergraduate courses.