Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Religion
Problem of God
One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Asian Religions: Transforming the Self
Religion and Health Care Courses
Choose 4 of the following: 112
Religion and Moral Choices
Religion and Medicine: Health Care as Spiritual Practice
Religion and Human Sexuality
Death and Dying
Religion and Science
Religion and the Problem of Evil
Religion and Bioethics
Spiritual Healing in the Americas from Controversy to Cure
Ethics and Genetics
Ancient Medicine
Medicine and Society: From the Ancient World to the 21st Century
Select 6 REL Elective Credits6
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
ENG 106Writing About Literature and Culture3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
Quantitative Skills:
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II (fulfills Quantitative Skills Requirement)3
Areas of Knowledge:
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People & Society Cognate (9 credits) (fulfilled through the major)
STEM Cognate9
Additional Required Courses
REL 399Method and Theory in the Study of Religion3
Language Requirement3
Total Credit Hours120
  • A major in Religion and Health Care leading toward the B.A. degree requires 24 credit hours in Religious Studies, passed with a grade of C- or higher, and a GPA in the major of 2.0.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above is required.
  • Transfer students who major in Religion and Health Care must complete at least 12 credit hours in department offered courses numbered 300 or above in residence at the Coral Gables campus.

 Writing credit (W) in at least one course in the department


To ensure that majors devise a coherent plan of study, the department requires consultation with the department undergraduate advisor.

Suggested Plan of Study

This plan of study includes:

  • A minor in Chemistry
  • Spanish language requirement
  • Cognates: People and Society: Living on a Finite Planet, STEM: Data Structures, Algorithms and Techniques
  • Pre-Med Track
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
REL 105 Asian Religions: Transforming the Self 3
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
 Credit Hours14
REL 151 Religion and Moral Choices 3
ENG 106 or WRS 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
or First-Year Writing II
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours18
Year Two
REL 161 Religion and Medicine: Health Care as Spiritual Practice 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
SPA 203 Advanced Spanish 3
 Credit Hours15
REL 354 Religion and the Problem of Evil 3
ECS 111 Introduction to the Earth's Ecosystem 3
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
SPA 310 Topics in Spanish and Spanish American Studies in Translation 3
CSC 120 Computer Programming I 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours18
Year Three
REL 360 Religion and Bioethics 3
POL 322 Environmental Politics and Policy 3
PHY 101 College Physics I 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
 Credit Hours17
BIL 250 Genetics 3
CSC 322 System Programming 3
CSC 220 Computer Programming II 4
PHY 102 College Physics II 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
REL 451 Ethics and Genetics 3
REL 499 3
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Credit Hours13
REL 351 Death and Dying 3
ECS 310 Sustainable Living 3
SOC 384 Medical Sociology 3
SPA 322 Cultural Topics 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours122


Religion is one fundamental way humans order and discern meaning and frame identity, both collective and individual. In the study of religion, students learn what religion is; how religion both shapes and reflects culture, society, politics, and individual experience; and the multiple ways religion matters and has mattered locally and globally, from antiquity to the present. Through the examination of varied disciplinary approaches and exposure to concrete diverse cultural expressions of religion, the department fosters students’ broad and deep apprehension of religion’s place(s) in human experience.


The department’s educational work aims to strengthen students’ capacities to read carefully, question critically, communicate knowledge effectively, and apply their learning in civic engagement.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will attain a grasp of the basic theories and methodologies of the discipline of religious studies.
  • Students will acquire broad knowledge of the role that religions play in human life and society as well as deeper knowledge in the specific area of Religion and Health Care.
  • Students will develop the ability to communicate their understanding of the phenomenon of religion clearly in writing.