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Religious Studies (RLST) offers a scholarly, balanced, objective, nonsectarian, cross-cultural examination of religious traditions.

It covers courses over a great variety of areas on East Asian religions, South Asian religions, Myth and Ritual, Christianity and African religions, Biblical Studies and Near Eastern myth and religion, and Psychology of Religions.

It emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach by:

  • requiring a religion-related course outside the RS department
  • encouraging the minor or double major, as well as a single major in RLST

Requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in RLST are thirty semester hours (SH):

  • 27 SH must be taken from RLST offerings which include certain required courses
  • 3 SH must be taken outside of the RLST offerings but in “religion-related” courses

Requirements for the minor in RLST are fifteen SH:

  • 15 SH, all of which must be taken from the RLST offerings, which include certain required courses

For more information and class listings, check out the IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses offered by the Religious Studies Department in spring 2015:

Dr. Theresa Smith
Course Number
Class name
Day
Time
Location
RLST 110-001
World Religions
TR 12:30-1:45
FOST 004
RLST 481-003
Viking Myth & Religion 

5:05–7:45
WILSN 101


Dr. Stuart Chandler
Course Number
Class name
Day
Time
Location
RLST 110-002
World Religions
TR 11:00-12:15
ECB 101
Dr. Alison Downie
Course Number
Class name
Day
Time
Location
RLST 290-001
Christianity
TR
9:30–10:45
FOST 004
RLST 290-002
Christianity
TR
11:00–12:15
FOST 004


Dr. Nicole Goulet
Course Number
Class name
Day
Time
Location
RLST 100-001
Intro to Religion
MWF
12:20–1:10
FOST 004
RLST 100-003
Intro to Religion
MWF
1:25–2:15
FOST 004
RLST 481-001
Religion and Food
MW
3:35–4:50
WILSN 101
Dr. James Kimball
Course Number
Class name
Day
Time
Location
RLST 100-004
Intro to Religion
TR
12:30–1:45
WEYDT 149
RLST 100-005
Intro to Religion
TR
2:00–3:15
WEYDT 149
RLST 481-002
Mysticism
MW 
5:05–6:20
WILSN 107
  • Religious Studies Department
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    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1360
  • Fax: 724-357-4039
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.