Around the world, religious identity is shaping history and politics, literature and the arts. Examine the intersections of religion and culture to become a global citizen and informed leader.
About the Religious Studies Program
Religious studies at Mills investigates religion through the lens of various humanistic disciplines—art history, literature, philosophy, and gender and sexuality studies. In small, collaborative classes, your professors will teach you skills for analyzing the texts, images, beliefs, and rituals of a wide range of religions, from indigenous spiritual traditions to global faiths. You’ll investigate how religious identities intersect with race, class, gender, and ethnicity. You’ll explore the experience of women in religious systems, the role of religions in the construction of gender and sexuality, and feminist perspectives within religious studies.
Professors dedicated to your success will help you customize the interdisciplinary minor so it reflects the interests you’re passionate about and complements your major. In addition to religious studies courses available at Mills, you may choose to cross-register in courses at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union.
The religious literacy you gain through this minor will equip you for thoughtful analysis of contemporary society and for interacting with diverse people. It will also help prepare you for a career in psychology, education, international relations, international business, journalism, government, social services, or law. View our program details for in-depth information on the minor.
Courses You Could Take
Bible as Literature
Dao and the World of Daoism
Comparative Studies on Women in Religion
Women in Islam
Indigenous Religions in the Americas
Body, Sex, and Gender in Early European Societies