Religious Studies

Welcome to the Religious Studies Program

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Religion is a dynamic force in the lives of many people. It shapes the literature, politics, art, and economics of virtually every society and civilization. The academic study of religion will help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for navigating a world in which religion plays so important a role.

Religious Studies Minor

Total Credits Required for Minor 20
Required Courses 8
SO 312 Religion and Society, or 4
     AN 312 Religion and Society (4 cr.)  
PL 270 World Religions [II] 4
Electives 12
Choose from the following list:*  
EN 112 Mythology (4 cr.) [II]  
EN 310 Literature and the Bible (4 cr.) [II]  
EN 422 Milton (3-4 cr.)  
HP 225A Yoga - Beginning (1 cr.)  
HP 225B Yoga - Intermediate (1 cr.)  
HP 225C Yoga - Pilates (1 cr.)  
HS 252 Arab-Islamic History (4 cr.) [II]  
HS 305 Renaissance-Reformation (4 cr.)  
HS 316 Holocaust (4 cr.)  
LB 121 Origins of Western Values: Greeks and the Bible (4 cr.) [II]  
NAS 121 Native Cultures and the Dynamics of Religious Experience (4 cr.) [II]  
PL 280 Philosophy of Religion (4 cr.) [II]  
PS 321 Politics in Islamic Nations (4 cr.) [IV]  
* Other courses with a focus on religious studies will count if approved by an adviser.  


A number of faculty at Northern have teaching or research interests relating to religion:
Antony Aumann Philosophy (Religious Studies Program Coordinator)
Gabriel Noah Brahm, Jr. English
Maria Formolo Health and Human Performance
Peter H. Goodrich English
Robert Goodrich History
David Helton Business (CIS)
Keith H. Kendall History
Jamie Logsdon Kuehnl English
April Lindala Native American Studies
Michael Loukinen Sociology
Josh MacIvor-Andersen English
Jason Markle English
Sirpa Heidi Nelson English
Rachel Nye Nursing
Stephen Oates Education
Alex Ruuska Anthropology
Jon Sherman Modern Languages and Literatures
Jaspal Kaur Singh English
Mark Smith English
Aura Syed Political Science
Alan Scot Willis History
David Wood English

Contact Us

Religious Studies Program
​200A Gries Hall
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

phone: (906) 227-1682
fax: (906) 227-2229