Olivet College

Religious Studies and Ethics


The Humanities Department offers a minor in religious studies and ethics. The religious studies and ethics program offers courses in a range of areas, including world religions, ethics and society, theories and methods in the study of religion, scripture and its interpretation, and church history.

The program emphasizes critical thinking and writing in the area of religious studies and ethics. Students will gain a critical perspective on a variety of contemporary issues in these fields.  This knowledge can provide an excellent enhancement to the content of one’s major field of study at Olivet, whether this be history, sociology and anthropology, or journalism. It can also round out professional training in the sciences or business.

The following is an overview of courses associated with this minor. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Minor Requirements

Minor Core Courses

  • REL 101 Religion and the Quest for Meaning
  • PHL 102 Introduction to Ethics

Complete at least one of the following courses:

  • REL 260 World Religions I: Eastern Traditions
  • REL 261 World Religions II: Western Traditions

Complete five additional courses from at least three of the following areas:


Scripture and its Interpretation

  • REL 210 Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
  • REL 211 Literature of the New Testament
  • REL 315 Jesus, Politics and Ethics
  • WGS 415 Women in the Bible

Church History

  • REL 220 History of Christianity I

Religion, Ethics, and Society

  • PHL 360 Biomedical Ethics
  • REL 306 Religions and Social Order/Disorder
  • REL 330 Gender, Sexuality and Religion

World Religions

  • REL 260 World Religions I: Eastern Traditions
  • REL 261 World Religions II: Western Traditions
  • REL 360 Islamic Tradition
  • REL 265 Earth-Based Religions and Spirituality

Specialized Courses

  • REL 290 Special Topics
  • REL 470 Independent Study
  • REL 490 Advanced Topics