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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.

Required Courses

Any bachelor's 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 CoursesCredit Hours
REL 101: Introduction to Theology1–5 hours
REL 290: Medical Ethics3 hours
Choose one of the following
REL 324: Old Testament: Torah, Prophets, and Writings
REL 325: New Testament: Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation
3 hours
Total hours
Elective CoursesCredit Hours
REL 204: Spirituality for Healthcare Providers3 hours
REL 250: Death, Dying, and Bereavement3 hours
REL 260: History of Christianity3 hours
REL 280: Independent Study1–5 hours
REL 299/399: Special Topics1–3 hours
REL 311: World Religions3 hours
REL 330: Spirituality and Theology in Christian Art3 hours
REL 335: Spirituality on the Page, Stage, and Screen3 hours
REL 360: Women and Religion3 hours
REL 380: Mission, Values, and Social Teaching3 hours
REL 382: Spiritual Care: Integration of Body, Mind, and Spirit Healing3 hours
REL 385: Mission, Healthcare Ministry, and Enculturation3 hours
REL 390: Contemporary Issues and Catholic Thought3 hours
Total 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.