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.

Students interested in a doctoral minor in Religious Studies meet with the doctoral minor advisor, Professor Jordan Rosenblum, jrosenblum@wisc.edu, to plan their course. Minors are expected to achieve a grade of B or better in four Religious Studies Program courses totaling at least 10 credits at the 300 level or above. One of these four courses must deal with Approaches to Religion; RELIG ST 600 Religion in Critical Perspective is strongly recommended.  In order to receive course credit toward the minor, students must register for cross-listed courses from within Religious Studies rather than from within any cross-listing department. The doctoral minor planning form and certification form is available on the Religious Studies Program website.

The Doctoral Minor Requirements 

  • Four courses at the 300-level or above, totaling at least 10 credits
  • One of these four courses taken in Approaches to Religion (see below)
  • Registration for these courses (especially those that are cross-listed with other academic units) from within Religious Studies
  • A grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in each course

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

The PhD Minor Advisor is Professor Jordan Rosenblum, jrosenblum@wisc.edu.

Faculty: See current faculty listing on program website.


Bell, Bowie, Brenner, Bühnemann, Chamberlain, Cohen, Dale, DuBois, Dunne, Gade, Hansen, Hardin, Hildner, Howard, Hsia, Koshar, Langer, Livorni, Louden, Nadler, Ohnuki-Tierney, Phillips, Rosenblum, Schenck, Schweber, Stanford Friedman, Thompson, Wandel, Wink, Wolf, Zaeske

Associate Professors

Beneker, Cerulli, Hutton, Livanos, Ridgely, Shelef, Shoemaker, Thal, Todorovic

Assistant Professors

Chamedes, Hollander, Pruitt, Rock-Singer, Stern

Distinguished Faculty Associate


Faculty Associates

Mellor, Norman, Rosenhagen

Associate Faculty Associate




Faculty Diversity Liaison

Program Director Rosenblum