Religious Studies Minor

18 units

Mission Statement

The religious studies minor offers courses in global religious studies, employing a dialogical perspective that invites conversation between Christians and people from non-Christian religious traditions. Our program exists to prepare undergraduate students for responsible understanding of, and engagement with, people of a variety of global religious traditions in order to be faithful, well-informed, and culturally sensitive participants in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.


We are participants of a global community. From our next-door neighbors to our co-workers, our community partners to our global interactions, we are becoming involved with people from all over the world as never before. Religious studies minors leave APU with a greater ability to engage the world from a place of sincere Christian faith, awareness, and praxis.

RELG 200Introduction to the Study of Religion 13
Select 15 Units from the following15
Introduction to Judaism
Introduction to Islam
Introduction to Hinduism and South Asian Traditions
Introduction to Buddhism and East Asian Traditions
Special Topics in the History of Religion
Special Topics Seminar—Contemporary Christianity and Religious Studies
Religious Studies Capstone Course
Urban Religious Movements

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement. 

The religious studies minor consists of 3 lower-division units (RELG 200) and 15 upper-division units (five courses). GLBL 345 may also be used as 3 of the 15 upper-division units (only one global studies course can be used for the religious studies minor). Traditional prerequisites, if required, must be met for each course. Courses cannot be double counted for a major and a minor.

Students must achieve a 2.5 cumulative GPA for all courses required for this minor.