Study of Christianity and Culture Minor

Department of Religious Studies

Visit Program Website

125 Carolina Hall, CB# 3225

(919) 962-5666

Yaakov Ariel, Director, Christianity and Culture Program

Barbara Ambros, Chair

David Lambert, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Myra Quick, Student Services Manager, Registrar

The undergraduate minor in the study of Christianity and culture is an interdisciplinary curriculum in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that aims to refine students’ understanding of the cultural, social, and political influence of Christianity.

Department Programs



Graduate Programs


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor requires the completion of five courses, including at least one course from each of the following categories.
Core course:3-9
Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions H
Varieties of Early Christianity H
Christian Cultures
Medieval and Renaissance Christian Cultures
The Protestant Tradition H
Ancient, medieval, or early modern Christianity (see list below)3-9
Christianity in the modern world (see list below)3-9
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Courses must be taken from at least two different departments, and at least one must be numbered 200 or above.

Students may also petition the Minor Faculty Advisory Committee for permission to count toward their minor requirements other potentially appropriate UNC–Chapel Hill courses, independent study courses, transfer courses, or study abroad courses.

Students also are encouraged to take language courses that relate to the minor in the study of Christianity and culture — such as Latin, Greek, or Hebrew — but language courses do not fulfill minor course requirements.

Although this minor is housed in the Department of Religious Studies, the director of Christianity and culture is responsible for advising all students who minor in the study of Christianity and culture.

Ancient, Medieval, or Early Modern Christianity

ARTH 264Medieval Art in Western Europe3
ARTH 290Special Topics in Art History3
ARTH 362Early Christian Art and Modern Responses3
ARTH 365Late Medieval Art3
CLAR 246History of Early Christian and Byzantine Art3
CLAR/JWST/RELI 110The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period3
CLAS 259Pagans and Christians in the Age of Constantine3
ENGL 223Chaucer H3
ENGL 224Survey of Medieval English Literature, excluding Chaucer H3
ENGL 227Literature of the Earlier Renaissance H3
ENGL 228Literature of the Later Renaissance H3
GSLL/RELI 218Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages3
HIST 106Ancient History3
HIST 107Medieval History3
HIST 177HHonors Seminar in Early European History3
HIST 428The Later Roman Empire, 193 CE-378 CE3
HIST 431The Medieval Church3
HIST 436Medieval Theology, Gender, and the Body3
HIST 452The Renaissance: Italy, Birthplace of the Renaissance, 1300-15503
HIST 460Princes and Reformations in Germany, 1400-16003
HIST/RELI 454The Reformation3
ITAL 240Dante in English Translation3
ITAL 357Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio in English3
PHIL 215Medieval Philosophy3
RELI 62First-Year Seminar: A History of Heresy: Christian Dissent from the Gnostics to the Pentecostals3
RELI 70First-Year Seminar: Jesus in Scholarship and Film3
RELI 104Introduction to the New Testament H3
RELI 163Critical Issues in Western Religious Thought3
RELI 164Heresy and Inquisition: Religion, Ethics, Marginalization3
RELI 201Ancient Biblical Interpretation H3
RELI 207Jesus in the Early Christian Gospels3
RELI 208The Birth of Christianity3
RELI 209Varieties of Early Christianity H3
RELI 217Gnosticism H3
RELI 227Luther and the Bible3
RELI 244Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H3
RELI 266Medieval and Renaissance Christian Cultures3
RELI 362Mary in the Christian Tradition H3
RELI 366Medieval Religious Texts3
RELI 367The Art of Devotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe3
RELI 368Race, Sexuality, and Disability in the History of Western Christianity H3
RELI 413Biblical Coptic and Early Egyptian Monasticism3
RELI 448Native and Christian: Indigenous Engagements with Christianity3
RELI 603The Bible and Its Translation3
RELI 607Problems in Early Christian Literature and History H3
RELI 608The Messiah and the Apocalypse3
RELI 609Christianity and Greco-Roman Culture3
RELI 610Readings in the Apostolic Fathers3
RELI 668Religion and the Spanish Inquisition: Abrahamic Traditions, Indigenous Religions, and Empire3
RELI/WGST 362Mary in the Christian Tradition H3
RELI 665/WGST 664Body and Suffering in Christian Mysticism3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Christianity in the Modern World

AAAD 159The History of the Black Church and Social Change3
AAAD 210African Belief Systems: Religion and Philosophy in Sub-Saharan Africa3
AAAD 286The African Diaspora in the Colonial Americas, 1450-18003
ANTH/FOLK/RELI 342African-American Religious Experience3
ARTH 352Religious Architecture and Visual Culture in Latin America3
PHIL 134/RELI 126Reason, Faith, and God: Philosophy of Western Religion H3
RELI 72First-Year Seminar: Apocalypse Now? Messianic Movements in America3
RELI 125Heaven and Hell3
RELI 138Religious Freedom3
RELI 140Religion in America H3
RELI 141African American Religions H3
RELI 142Catholicism in America3
RELI 151Religion in Latin America3
RELI 161Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions H3
RELI 162Catholicism Today: An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church3
RELI 225Christian Cultures3
RELI 236Religious Things3
RELI 241Messianic Movements in American History3
RELI 242New Religious Movements in America3
RELI 245Latina/o Religions in the United States-Mexico Borderlands H3
RELI 332The Protestant Tradition H3
RELI 338Religion in American Law3
RELI 340Liberal Tradition in American Religion3
RELI 352Anthropology of Christianity3
RELI 365Studies in Christian Theologies and Theologians3
RELI 421Religion and Science3
RELI 424Gender Theory and the Study of Religion3
RELI 443Evangelicalism in Contemporary America H3
RELI 446Christian-Jewish Relations throughout the Ages3
RELI 540Mormonism and the American Experience3
RELI 541Evangelicalism from a Global Perspective H3
RELI 542Religion and the Counterculture H3
RELI 662Advanced Seminar in Contemporary Catholicism3
RELI/SOCI 429Religion and Society3
RELI/WGST 244Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H3
RELI/WGST 371Women Mystics3
SOCI 290Special Topics in Sociology3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

See the program page here for special opportunities.