Religion Minor

Study religion with contemporary thinkers at George Fox, a top Christian college

If you wish to serve in the ministry or teach – or simply gain insight and enlightenment – consider George Fox’s religion minor.

This 20- to 21-credit-hour course of study covers Christian beliefs and incorporates a study of world religions. You may also customize the minor by choosing from a selection of classes that cover Christian classics, spiritual formation, contemporary religious life, a history and doctrine of Friends, and Christianity in history (I and II).


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Minor Requirements

22-23 credit hours

A minimum of 14 semester hours must be upper-division coursework

Complete the following:

The biblical basis and history of missions are considered, with a special focus upon the modern missionary movement of the last 200 years.
As an introduction to Christian theology, this course considers the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and their application to contemporary living.
Designed to address topics of interest to Friends and matters of Quaker faith and practice. Topics will vary from semester to semester, and include sacramentality, worship and ministry, peace and social work, evangelism, leadership, decision making, and Christian testimonies.
A comparative study between Christianity and other prominent religions of the world, such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and contemporary kinds of alternative religion. (Identical to INTL 440.)

Choose two of the following:

Certain Christian writings have endured the test of time and have been found to be a rich source of spiritual nourishment. A representative sampling of these significant works representing the life and thought of Christians from the second to the mid-20th century will be considered.
An exploration of how people grow and change spiritually. The study integrates biblical insights, classic Christian spirituality, developmental theory, and contemporary individual and corporate practice in spiritual formation. It will critically explore how spirituality relates to vocation, relationships, and the demands of daily living.
The movement, trends, and leaders of contemporary Christianity are studied in their social setting. Lectures and readings are chosen to provide tools and methods for thoughtful and continuing interpretation of religious life. As this is a senior capstone course, students must be juniors or seniors.

Choose one of the following:

This course explores the rich heritage of the Quaker movement in its historical, social, and religious settings. The distinguishing beliefs of Friends and contemporary trends also will be studied, with particular interest in how to apply timeless truths in timely ways.
The development of Christianity from its appearance within the Greco-Roman world through the medieval period, and its influence as a base for culture in the West. (Identical to HIST 401.)
Christianity's development from the dawn of the Protestant Reformation through its global spread during the modern era, observing its historical context and relationships to the surrounding cultures. (Identical to HIST 402.)

Complete the following:

Biblical studies (BIBL) coursework (200-level or above)               3-4 hours

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.