Minor Requirements

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The undergraduate minor in the Study of Christianity and Culture at UNC is an interdisciplinary minor curriculum in the social science and humanities aimed at developing understanding of Christian religious traditions and their influences in history and society. The minor requires completion of five (5) different courses, with certain distributions, specified as follows:

At least one introductory survey course: *

  • Religious Studies 161: Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies 209: Varieties of Early Christianity
  • Religious Studies 225: Christian Cultures

* Note: Sociology 140: Historical Sociology of Christianity (Religious Studies 234) may satisfy this portion of the minor requirements, for students who have already taken it.

At least one course in Ancient, Medieval, or Early Modern Christianity:

  • Art History 264: Medieval Art in Western Europe
  • Art History 290: Demons, Dragons, Angels, Saints: Early Medieval Sculpture
  • Art History 351: Crusader Art in the Holy Land
  • Art History 362: Early Christian Art and Modern Responses
  • Art History 365: Late Medieval Art
  • Classical Archaeology 246: History of Early Christian and Byzantine Art
  • Classical Archaeology 445: Art in the Age of Justinian and Theodora
  • Classical Archaeology 448: Constantinople: The City and Its Art
  • Classical Archaeology 449: In Constantinople
  • Classics 259: Pagans and Christians in the Age of Constantine
  • Classics 245/WMST 245: Women of Byzantium
  • Classics 418: Byzantine Civilization
  • English 227: Sixteenth-Century English Literature
  • English 228: Seventeenth-Century English Literature
  • English 319: English Literature of the Middle Ages
  • English 320: Chaucer
  • German 218: Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages
  • History 106: The Medieval Church
  • History 107: Medieval History
  • History 177H: Honors Seminar in Early European History
  • History 431: The Medieval Church
  • History 436: Between Flesh and Spirit: Gender, the Body, and the Holy in Medieval Christianity
  • History 452: The Renaissance
  • History 454/Religious Studies 454: The Reformation
  • History 460: Late Medieval and Reformation Germany
  • Italian 240: Dante, English Translation
  • Italian 357: The World of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio
  • Philosophy 215: Medieval Philosophy
  • Religious Studies 070: FYS: Jesus in Scholarship and Film
  • Religious Studies 104: Introduction to New Testament Literature
  • Religious Studies 163: Critical Issues in Western Religious Thought
  • Religious Studies 207: Jesus in Myth, Tradition, and History 30-200 A.D.
  • Religious Studies 208: The Birth of Christianity
  • Religious Studies 209: Varieties of Early Christianity
  • Religious Studies 217: Gnosticism
  • Religious Studies 244: Gender and Sexuality in the Western Christian Tradition
  • Religious Studies 362: Mary in the Christian Tradition
  • Religious Studies 366: Medieval Religious Texts
  • Religious Studies 367: The Art of Devotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Religious Studies 607: Problems in Early Christian Literature and History
  • Religious Studies 696-055: Body and Suffering in Christian Mysticism
  • Sociology 140/Religious Studies 234: Historical Sociology of Christianity

At least one course on Christianity in the Modern World:

  • Afro-American Studies 550: The Black Church in America
  • Art History 352: Religious Architecture and Visual Culture of Latin America
  • History 621: Religious History of the South
  • Philosophy 134/Religious Studies 126: Philosophy of Western Religion
  • Religious Studies 125: Heaven and Hell
  • Religious Studies 140: Religion in America
  • Religious Studies 141: African American Religions
  • Religious Studies 142: Catholicism in America
  • Religious Studies 161: Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies 162: Introduction to Catholicism
  • Religious Studies 225: Christian Cultures
  • Religious Studies 244/WMST 244: Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity
  • Religious Studies 332: The Protestant Tradition
  • Religious Studies 338: Religion in American Law
  • Religious Studies 340: Liberal Tradition in America
  • Religious Studies 341: Evangelical Tradition in America
  • Religious Studies 365: Studies in Christian Theologies and Theologians
  • Religious Studies 241: Messianic Movements in American History
  • Religious Studies 424: Critical Theories of Religion, Sex/Gender, and Sexuality
  • Religious Studies 443: Evangelicalism in Contemporary America
  • Religious Studies 446: Christian-Jewish Relations throughout the Ages
  • Religious Studies 540: Mormonism in the American Experience
  • Religious Studies 662: Vatican II: History and Story
  • Sociology 290: Society, Science and Religion
  • Sociology 429/Religious Studies 429: Religion and Society

At least 3 of the 5 courses for the minor must be taken exclusively toward the minor and may not be double-counted in other majors or minors. Conversely, 2 of the 5 courses may be double-counted in the minor and a major or another minor. Students in the pre-2006 curriculum may also use one of the five minor courses to fulfill a General College requirement.

Courses fulfilling the minor in the Study of Christianity and Culture also (1) must be taken from at least two different departments, and (2) at least one must be a middle- or upper-level (200 level+) course.

Students may also petition the Minor Faculty Advisory Committee for permission to count other potentially appropriate UNC courses, courses taught under generic numbers and titles, independent study courses, transfer courses, or study abroad courses toward their minor requirements. To submit a petition, please use this form.

Students are also encouraged to take language courses that relate to their minor in the Study of Christianity and Culture minor—such as Latin, Greek, or Hebrew—but language courses do not fulfill minor course requirements.

For more information, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin or email Dr. Yaakov Ariel.