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Why pursue a Religious Studies minor?
Students pursuing a minor in religious studies have the opportunity to deepen their own faith; increase their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of various faith traditions; and affirm the connection between faith and healthcare.
A minor in religious studies prepares students well for employment, especially within a faith-based hospital or other medical setting. Knowing the foundational values and beliefs of the organization will confirm your desire and willingness to be part of the institution as it fulfills its mission.
Any undergraduate degree-seeking Mercy College student may pursue a minor in religious studies, 18 credit hours or 6 courses, in addition to his/her major program of study.
|Core Courses||Credit Hours|
|REL 101: Introduction to Theology||1–5 hours|
|REL 301: Medical Ethics||3 hours|
|Choose one of the following|
REL 324: Old Testament: Torah, Prophets, and Writings
REL 325: New Testament: Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation
|Elective Courses||Credit Hours|
|REL 204: Spirituality for Healthcare Providers||3 hours|
|REL 250: Death, Dying, and Bereavement||3 hours|
|REL 260: History of Christianity||3 hours|
|REL 280: Independent Study||1–5 hours|
|REL 299/399: Special Topics||1–3 hours|
|REL 311: World Religions||3 hours|
|REL 330: Image and Identity: Theologies of Christian Art||3 hours|
|REL 335: Spirituality of Page, Stage, and Screen||3 hours|
|REL 360: Women and Religion||3 hours|
|REL 380: Mission, Values, and Social Teaching||3 hours|
|REL 382: Spiritual Care: Integration of Body, Mind, and Spirit||3 hours|
|REL 385/IDS 385: Mission, Healthcare Ministry, and Enculturation||3 hours|
|REL 390: Contemporary Issues and Catholic Thought||3 hours|
*Nine credit hours of the required 18 credit hours must be 300 level or above classes completed at Mercy College.
To add this minor to your academic plan, please contact your academic advisor or other members of the Religious Studies department.