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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Studies of Religion (minor only)

Study a minor in the Studies of Religion at the University of Newcastle

A Studies of Religion Minor offers the unique opportunity to experience a degree which explores life's big questions concerning knowledge, reality, ethics, politics and religion. Within this minor you will study compulsory courses introducing you to a broad variety of issues, then select courses in Studies of Religion.

As part of your Studies of Religion Minor you can study courses in:
Major in Philosophy and Religion at the University of Newcastle

  • the history of religion
  • religious literature
  • beliefs of religion
  • religious practices; and
  • principal world religions from antiquity to the present day

Along the way you will learn critical thinking skills that can be applied to all facets of life. You'll learn how to push further and ask deeper questions, gaining new perspectives across religion and how belief systems can impact individuals, communities and societies.

What jobs can you get with a minor in Studies of Religion?

Graduates in Studies of Religion are valued in the workforce for their written and verbal communication skills, their breadth of vision, their historical, cultural and religious sensitivity, as well as their ability to think critically and logically.

As a Bachelor of Arts graduate with a minor in Studies of Religion, employment in a range of sectors may include:

  • research and education
  • public service administration
  • community welfare
  • media and publishing
  • diplomatic services and
  • political advisory work

Suitable for arts and humanities students with:

  • An interest in learning about how religion and belief systems impact human culture, society and life.
  • Goals to understand the significance of religious texts and how they have shaped the world in which we live.
  • A commitment to studying religion as an agent of social change.

What do you learn in a Studies of Religion minor?

When you choose a Studies of Religion minor you are able to study a range of courses in religion, and learn various sociological approaches to belief systems around the world:

  • The Sociology of Religion: Students who choose this course will consider religion as a component of social structure, and an agent for social change. You will apply sociological theories and methodologies to belief systems in order to draw conclusions about their role in society.
  • Religious Texts: At the forefront of the study of religion are the texts which inform them. Your courses will utilise religious texts such as the Bible, Torah and Qur’an as a window into belief, and assess the varying interpretations of holy scriptures.
  • World Religions: In this course you will study key features of the world’s principal religions. You will learn about key events, personalities, beliefs and phenomena within their doctrine, and focus on both historical and contemporary developments.

Which degrees include a Studies of Religion minor?

Studying the Bachelor of Arts degree or any associated degree program allows you to enrol in the Studies of Religion Minor.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.