The Study of Religion minor consists of seven courses (28 units), of which at least five must be upper-division. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C- or better.

Core requirement (4 units)

RELI 101. Tools and Methods in the Study of Religion

Lower-division electives (0−8 units)

While not required, lower-division preparation is highly recommended. You may use 1-2 courses from the lists below.

ANTH 1. Introduction to Culture
HUM 1. The Foundations of Western Civilization
HUM 2. Rome, Christianity and the Middle Ages
MMW 11. Prehistory and Ancient Foundations
MMW 12. Classical and Medieval Traditions

PHIL 31. Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
RELI 1. Introduction to Religion
RELI 2. Comparative World Religions
SOCI 1. Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 2. The Study of Society

If you completed a religion course at a California community college, please check Assist.org and your UCSD transcript to see if the course has been articulated with RELI 1 or 2 and you received transfer credit. Please contact Study of Religion if you have questions.

Arts & Humanities requirement (4 units)

Select at least one upper-division Arts & Humanities course from the program's quarterly courselists. RELI 101 cannot be used for this requirement.

Social Sciences requirement (4 units)

Select at least one upper-division Social Sciences course from the program's quarterly courselists.

Single-tradition requirement (4 units)

Select at least one upper-division program elective that is focused on a single religious tradition. Look for these tradition designations on the program's quarterly courselists:

(B) Buddhism
(C) Christianity
(EA) East Asian

(H) Hinduism
(I) Islam
(J) Judaism

(P) Paganism

Upper-division electives (4−12 units)

Select additional upper-division courses from the program's quarterly courselists to bring your unit total to 28. Two upper-division courses may overlap between your major and minor. You may petition to use 1-2 upper-division study abroad courses as electives (predeparture approval required).

How to Declare the Minor

  1. Read the general university requirements for a minor.
  2. Login to the Major/Minor tool and declare the minor using our sample declaration as a template.
  3. Allow 5 business days for your declaration to be reviewed, and then check the VAC and your degree audit. Contact Study of Religion if you have questions or want to petition a course.


To add a minor you must be in good academic standing and on track to complete all university and degree requirements within four years. Please seek advising from your college if you have questions about your eligibility.


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