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Minor in Religious Studies

The minor in religious studies provides a coherent and balanced set of courses, with work on general theories of religion, studies in religion and culture, and explorations of religious phenomena around the world. Minors are permitted to preregister for up to two courses per quarter.


The minor in Religious Studies consists of 6 courses in the department:

Course Substitutions

Students may substitute as many as 2 courses on religion from outside the department. These must be taken from the list of approved courses below, or with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Sarah Taylor, at

To propose another course for substitution approval, please submit a course description and syllabus, accompanied by a written request, to the Director of the Undergraduate Studies.

Double Counting Rules

Many courses offered at Northwestern fit more than one requirement. In some situations, a Weinberg student taking such a course can count it toward multiple requirements; in other situations, such “double-counting” is not allowed.

The Registrar's website provides a useful summary of Weinberg College double-counting rules for specific majors and minors.

Declaring a Major or a Minor