Religious Studies has emerged as one of the most significant interdisciplinary programs on campus. It includes faculty from more than twenty departments and offers dozens of courses covering all of the world's major and many of its minor religious traditions. Chronologically, the program's offerings range from ancient to modern times; geographically, they span the globe; and methodologically, they range across the humanities and social studies, with special attention to the theories and methods which have developed in the field of religious studies itself. The program does not offer a graduate degree, but the Religious Studies Program does award a minor to doctoral students enrolled in other departments. In exceptional circumstances, students admitted to a doctoral-degree-granting department may be granted permission to pursue a special committee doctorate in Religious Studies; for information on such degrees, contact the Graduate School.


All Graduate School students must utilize the Graduate Student Portal in MyUW to add, change, or discontinue any doctoral minor. To apply to this minor, log in to MyUW, click on Graduate Student Portal, and then click on Add/Change Programs. Select the information for the doctoral minor for which you are applying.

Students interested in a doctoral minor in Religious Studies must meet with their doctoral minor advisor to create a plan of study.


Students must complete at least 10 credits (four courses) in Religious Studies (RELIG ST) courses numbered 300 or above along with the following requirements:

  1. Earn a grade of B or better in minor coursework;
  2. Complete one Approaches to Religion course (see list below);
    1. RELIG ST 600 Religion in Critical Perspective is strongly recommended.

Cross-listed Courses

To receive course credit toward the minor, students must enroll for in the Religious Studies (RELIG ST) subject, rather than from within any cross-listing department.

Minor Certification Form

Students must complete the doctoral minor certification form.

Approaches to Religion Courses

RELIG ST/​ANTHRO  343 Anthropology of Religion3-4
RELIG ST/​COM ARTS  374 The Rhetoric of Religion3
RELIG ST/​PHILOS  501 Philosophy of Religion3-4
RELIG ST/​CURRIC/​ED POL  516 Religion and Public Education3
RELIG ST 600 Religion in Critical Perspective3


Faculty: See current faculty listing on program website.

The PhD Minor Advisor is Professor Susan Ridgely, email: susan.ridgely@wisc.edu