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Religious Studies, Minor

Requirements

The Religious Studies minor fosters and facilitates an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of religion. Due to its influential role at the local, national, and international levels, religion requires careful study utilizing academic methods employed in the examination of other cultural institutions. This includes the study of the history, theology, literature, folklore, etc., of various religions in an effort to study religion as a cultural phenomenon. The program is intended to serve our students and community by deepening our understanding of religious beliefs and practices in a spirit of open inquiry. Its aim is neither to endorse nor to undermine the claims of religion, but to create an environment in which various issues can be engaged from a variety of perspectives and methodologies.

Total Program Credits: 21

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Completion of 30 hours of credit
  2. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements: 12 Credits 
  PHIL 1610   Introduction to Western Religions  (3.0)  
or PHIL 1620   Introduction to Eastern Religions  (3.0)  
or ANTH 3450   Shamanism and Indigenous Religion 3
  RLST 3650   Approaches to Religious Studies 3
  RLST 366R   Issues in Religious Studies 3
  PHIL 3600   Philosophy of Religion 3
Elective Requirements:    9 Credits
Complete 9 credits of electives from the list below or as approved by advisor.  9
  ANTH 3400   Myth Magic and Religion  (3.0)  
  ANTH 3450   Shamanism and Indigenous Religion  (3.0)  
  ANTH 3460   Anthropology of Mormonism  (3.0)  
  COMM 3780   Mormon Cultural Studies  (3.0)  
  ENGL 374G   Literature of the Sacred  (3.0)  
  ENGL 3780   Mormon Literature  (3.0)  
  HIST 4100   Jewish History  (3.0)  
  PHIL 3540   Christian Ethics  (3.0)  
  PHIL 3610   Introduction to Christian Theology  (3.0)  
  SOC 3400   Sociology of Religion  (3.0)  

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 1610 Introduction to Western Religions 3
or PHIL 1620 Introduction to Eastern Religions  
or ANTH 3450 Shamanism and Indigenous Religion  
RLST Elective Religious Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of ANTH 101G and ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 are required for ANTH 3450; IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, communications, history, political science, english, humanities, philosophy, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 3600 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHIL 366R Issues in Religious Studies 3
or RLST 366R Issues in Religious Studies  
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of PHIL 1000 or PHIL 100H, or PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205H or PHIL 205G, or PHIL 2110, or PHIL 2150, or instructor permission is required for PHIL 3600; Prerequisite of PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205H or PHIL 205G, or instructor permission is required for PHIL/RLST 366R.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 3650 Approaches to Religious Studies 3
or RLST 3650 Approaches to Religious Studies  
RLST Elective Religious Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205H or PHIL 205G, or instructor permission is required for PHIL/RLST 3650; IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, communications, history, political science, english, humanities, philosophy, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
RLST Elective Religious Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, communications, history, political science, english, humanities, philosophy, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
  Degree total: 21

Department

Name:

Interdisciplinary Studies

Location:

CB 410f

Telephone:

801-863-6288

Email:

gosherjo@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/idst

Chair:

John C. Goshert

 
 

Mission Statement

Interdisciplinary Studies provides a framework for supporting innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus as well as in wider intellectual and social communities. IDST coordinates existing multidisciplinary minor and emphasis programs and provides guidance and support as new programs are envisioned and established. IDST programs promote instructional excellence and offer a variety of courses and events that enhance the overall academic experience at Utah Valley University.

 
 

Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor: Erin Donahoe-Rankin

  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Office: CB 506h
  • Email: donohoer@uvu.edu  
  • Appointments: 801-863-5717

 

Students who have declared a Bachelor degree may choose to add a minor in the following interdisciplinary areas:

  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Chinese Commerce
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cinema Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Deaf Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Peace & Justice Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
 
 
  • American Indian Studies
  • Coordinator: David Wilson
  • Email: wilsondr @uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6916
  • Home Department: History and Political Science
  • American Studies
  • Coordinator: Philip Gordon
  • Email: philip.gordon@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8186
  • Home Department: Communication
  • Chinese Commerce
  • Coordinator: Hong Pang
  • Email: hong.pang@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8370
  • Home Department: History and Political Science
  • Office: CB 203p
  • Chinese Studies
  • Coordinator: Alex Yuan
  • Email: GYuan@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-5199
  • Home Department: Languages and Cultures
  • Office: CB 306f
  • Cinema Studies
  • Coordinator: Jans Wager
  • Email: jans.wager@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8340
  • Home Department: English and Literature
  • Office: LA 114J
  • Classical Studies
  • Coordinator: Michael Shaw
  • Email: shawmi@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6265
  • Home Department: Philosophy and Humanities
  • Office: CB 507
  • Deaf Studies
  • Coordinator: Dan Hoffman
  • Email: dhoffman@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8518 (Languages Department Office)
  • Home Department: Languages and Cultures
  • Office: CB 306
  • Environmental Studies
  • Coordinator: Dan Stephen
  • Email: daniel.stephen@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8584
  • Home Department: Earth Sciences
  • Office: PS 224
  • Gender Studies
  • Coordinator: Numsiri Kunakemakorn
  • Email: numsirik@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-5469
  • Home Department: Secondary Education
  • Office: ME 112J
  • Peace and Justice Studies
  • Coordinator: Lynn England
  • Email: lynn.england@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8119
  • Home Department: History and Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Coordinator: Brian Birch
  • Email: brian.birch@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6363
  • Home Department: Center for the Study of Ethics
  • Office: CB 411
  • Russian Studies
  • Coordinator: Frederick White
  • Email: frederick.white@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8361
  • Home Department: Academic Affairs—Engaged Learning
  • Office: BA 211c

 

 
 

 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Religious Studies

M.S., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University.

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Bryan Eldredge(1998)

Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Deaf Studies

B.A., English, M.A., Linguistics, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Iowa.

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John Goshert(2001)

Professor

Department: English & Literature
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies

B.S., M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., English, Purdue University.

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Numsiri Kunakemakorn(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Gender Studies

B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Multicultural & International Education, University of San Francisco; M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Studies

B.A., Architecture, Anhul Architectural Industry Institute; M.A., History of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai; Ph.D., Art History, Binghampton University.

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Michael Minch(2001)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Peace and Justice Studies

B.A., History, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Political Philosophy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah; M. Divinity, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Hong Pang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Commerce

Ph.D., Politics and International Relations, M.A., Economics, University of Southern California; B.A., International Politics, B.A., Economics, Peking University, P.R.China.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Classical Studies

B.A., Philosophy, Bates College; M.A., Philosophy, Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Daniel Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Environmental Studies

Ph.D., Geology (Invertebrate Paleontology), Texas A & M. University.

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Jans Wager(1997)

Professor

Department: English & Literature
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program

B.A., Distributed Studies (Communication Emphasis), University of Colorado; M.A., German, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California.

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