Bachelor of Arts

About Religion

Some people mistakenly think the only reason you’d want to major in Religion is to have a career as a priest, minister, or rabbi. While these are paths students certainly take, Religious Studies is also, however, an excellent way to prepare for other professions.Not only will students gain a better understanding of the Religious traditions across the globe, but being a Religion major will give students an understanding and insight as to how people think and what forms their beliefs.

Related Programs and Degrees

  • Major (B.A.)
  • Minors
    • Philosophy
    • Religion
    • Ethics
    • Philosophy and Religion
  • Religion Honors Program

Religion Honors Program

Departmental majors will be eligible for honors in Religion by fulfilling the following special requirements in addition to the regular requirements:

  • Obtain a 3.5 grade-point average in the courses required for the departmental major and a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in the entire undergraduate program.
  • Enroll in an Independent Study in Religion (840:389, 390) and prepare an acceptable honors thesis of approximately 20-30 pages (length to be coordinated with faculty adviser)

In recognition of the satisfactory completion of the honors program, a student’s permanent academic record will receive the notation Honors in Religion.

Learning Objectives

Students in Religion courses should learn to:

  • think critically and creatively,
  • read and interpret complex and significant texts,
  • write clearly and effectively,
  • make clear and convincing arguments, including in response to arguments of others, and,
  • develop oral communication skills through effective and well-organized presentations and productive classroom participation.




Sample Courses

  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Religion in Contemporary Culture
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • The Historical Jesus
  • God, Sex, and Violence in the Old Testament
  • Death and Dying in World Religions
  • The Psychology of Religion