The undergraduate minor in religion and media is designed to focus on the intersection of religion and media and to build critical skills in cultural and media literacy. Students are educated on the vital role that religion and media play, historically and in contemporary society, by introducing interdisciplinary perspectives.

The Departments of Religious Studies and Communication Studies collaborate to offer the minor in religion and media. The minor is administered by the Department of Religious Studies.

The minor requires a minimum of 18 s.h., including 12 s.h. in courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work for the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Students completing a communication studies major or a religious studies major also may complete this minor. Students may double-count up to 6 s.h. of course work for the religion and media minor with other programs of study. Courses with General Education (GE) status are excluded from this double-counting policy.

The minor in religion and media requires the following course work. Students must complete at least 6 s.h. in communication studies course work (prefix COMM) and at least 6 s.h. in religious studies course work (prefix RELS).

Methods and Approaches in Media Studies Course3
Methods and Approaches in Religious Studies Course3
Themes of Religion and Media Courses6
Religion and Media in Context Courses6
Total Hours18

Methods and Approaches in Media Studies

These courses convey major methodological approaches to the study of media.

One of these (3 s.h.):
COMM:1168Media, Music, and Culture3
COMM:1174Media and Society3

Methods and Approaches in Religious Studies

These courses convey major methodological approaches to the study of religion.

One of these (3 s.h.):
RELS:1001Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
RELS:1015Religions in a Global Context: The Critical Role of Religion in International Affairs3

Themes of Religion and Media

These courses raise broad thematic questions about the relationship of religion and media in diverse historical, geographical, and social contexts.

At least 6 s.h. from these:
RELS:2182/CLSA:2482Ancient Mediterranean Religions3
RELS:2272Religion and Film3
RELS:2930/COMM:2079Digital Media and Religion3
RELS:3524/CLSA:3524The Devil in Judaism and Christianity3
COMM:4153/RELS:4153Magic Machines: Technology and Social Change3

Religion and Media in Context

These courses engage specific historical, geographical, and cultural contexts in which a relationship between religion and media is important. They teach students to think about the way religion and media matter in everyday life.

At least 6 s.h. from these:
RELS:2064Tricksters, Fools, and Creators: Mythical Agents of Change3
RELS:2260Hard Cases in Healthcare: Ethics at the Beginning of Life3
RELS:2877/SPST:2077Sport and Religion in America3
RELS:3243/CLSA:3443Pagans and Christians: The Church from Jesus to Muhammad3
RELS:3247/CLSA:3247Banned from the Bible: Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha3
RELS:3745/AFAM:3245Twentieth-Century African American Religion: Civil Rights to Hip-Hop3
RELS:3834/IS:3834/JMC:3146/WLLC:3834Arab Spring in Context: Media, Religion, and Geopolitics3
RELS:3976/AINS:3276American Indian Environmentalism3
COMM:2080/RELS:2080Public Life in the U.S.: Religion and Media3
COMM:2088Media and Democracy3