Minor in Religious Studies


Our diplomates need to be trained to know the religions of the countries where they're going.

Madeline Albright, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

It seems almost too good to be true, but a minor in religious studies allows you to explore life's most enduring questions while acquiring some of the most desirable traits sought by employers. Here's why: As a religious studies student you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures, a trait increasingly important in today's globalized and pluralistic workplace. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the minor, students learn to examine problems from many different perspectives. The study of religion immerses students in geopolitics, ethics, sociology, and history. Because of these traits, more and more employers are recognizing the value of religious studies graduates.

The minor in religious studies is a low-credit option to add these skills to your portfolio, and a philosophy minor complements almost any other program of study. Requirements for the minor are summarized below and can be reviewed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

To learn more about minoring in religious studies, get in touch with our department chair or visit us in CHBS 4202

The Religious Studies Minor completes the Humanistic or Artistic Expression Area of the REAL Curriculum

This program fulfills the REAL Curriculum "E" area in Humanistic or Artistic Expression.



Our religious studies faculty come from diverse backgrounds, have diverse interestes, and are internationally recognized in their areas of specialization.

Dr. Geoffrey Pollick, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Hemphill Hall 4207

Ph.D., Drew University

Teaching areas: world religions, U.S. religions, healthcare and religion, Christianity, Islam, religion and culture
Research interests: religion and politics; women's religious leadership; race, religion, and place; religion and experiences of illness in Appalachia

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Dr. Eric Rothgery, Religious Studies Adjunct Faculty



Hemphill Hall 4202

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Teaching areas: religion and death, religion in South Asia, world religions
Research interests: Hindu participation in Islamic healing rituals in Hyderabad, India

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Dr. Paul Thomas, Professor of Religious Studies


Hemphill Hall 4209

Ph.D. University of Missouri - Kansas City

Teaching areas: worlds religions, unconventional religions, the Bible and social problems, ancient religions and healthcare
Research interests: reception of the Bible, social issues and the Bible, dark ecology in Appalachia

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