Department of Religion and Culture

Undergraduate Minors

Please note that you must speak with a minor coordinator before adding the minor.

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American Studies

American studies is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon a number of academic disciplines, including history, literature, and sociology, to consider relationships between culture and society in the United States as it is embedded in global processess and issues.

Contact Prof. Emily Satterwhite.

Judaic Studies

As members of a community that has crossed a number of borders and cultures, the Jews have served as transmitters of texts and ideas, as agents of cultural and intellectual cross-fertilization and innovation. Judaic culture has significantly contributed to Western and other civilizations.

Contact Prof. Rachel Gross.

Appalachian Studies

The Appalachian studies minor focuses on complex cultural, political, economic, and environmental issues in the study of an important American region. The course of study ranges from mythic to modern Appalachian America and also provides opportunity for cross-cultural study of mountain cultures worldwide. For more information, please click here.

Contact Prof. Anita Puckett.

Medieval & Early
Modern Studies

Medieval & Early Modern Studies fosters an interdisciplinary approach to the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (roughly 300-1700 C.E.). For more information, please click here.

Contact Prof. Matthew Gabriele.

Asian Area Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Asian Area Studies focuses on the great cultural traditions of South Asia (including India), East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), Southeast Asia, and Central Asia. Students explore how various Asian traditions explain and represent this experience in literature, philosophy, religion, history, the social sciences, and the arts. For more information, please click here.

Contact Prof. Helen Schneider or Prof. Zhange Ni

Middle East Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Middle East Studies allows students to gain a broad understanding and appreciation of the languages, religions, and cultures of the Middle East and of the region's history and its place in international relations.

Contact Prof. Rachel Scott.

Popular Culture

The Minor in Popular Culture provides an understanding of the broadly shared cultures made possible by mass production. Popular culture includes all widely practiced and distributed expressions: news; entertainment; religion; sports; popular art; and styles of decoration, dress, and architecture.

Contact Prof. Emily Satterwhite.


By examining a diversity of traditions and viewpoints, a program in religious studies provides the resources for an intellectually responsible appraisal of one's own value commitments. A minor in Religion is part of a broad liberal arts education and may lead to graduate study in a variety of fields or to professional training in ministerial or social service vocations.

Contact Prof. Elizabeth Struthers Malbon.