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Religious Studies, B.A.

Degree Requirements

A Major in Religious Studies leading to the B.A. degree requires 30 credit hours in RELS courses.  At least five (5) courses, including RELS 4600, must be at the 3000-level or above.

Two 3-credit hour courses that are cross-listed with Religious Studies courses but taught in another department or program (e.g., History, Anthropology, Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, etc.) may count toward the Major in Religious Studies.  These courses may have the designation of the cross-listed department.  For these courses to be counted toward the Religious Studies major, students must request from their advisor a “Request for Cross-Listed Courses in Another Department to Count Toward The Major in Religious Studies” form and submit it to their advisor who will include it in their advising file.  The form must be submitted no later than October 1 for graduation in December; March 1 for graduation in May; and June 1 for graduation in summer.

General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program 

Major Courses (24 credit hours)

Academic Study of Religion Courses (6 credit hours)

Two courses to orient the student to the academic study of religion.


Students are encouraged to take RELS 2600 as early as possible in their program; students typically take RELS 4600 during their final year.

Textual Analysis Courses (6 credit hours)

Courses designated as Textual Analysis [T]* focus on reading texts closely and carefully, examine methods and histories of textual interpretation, and consider how religious groups and cultures have composed, transmitted, and been shaped by texts.  Select from two of the following:

Historical Analysis Courses (6 credit hours)

Courses designated as Historical Analysis [H]* focus on a particular historical period or figure; consider a movement, idea, or institution across several historical periods; and examine questions of historiography more generally.  Select from two of the following:

Cultural Analysis Courses (6 credit hours)

Courses designated as Cultural Analysis [C]* focus on how religious discourses, practices, institutions, and communities interact with, influence, and are influenced by the larger culture of which they are a part.  Select from two of the following:


*Depending on how respective sections are taught, a course could fulfill the requirement for Cultural Analysis [C], Historical Analysis [H], or Textual Analysis [T]. Students must consult the course descriptions circulated each semester to determine which designations have been assigned to a particular course.

Restricted Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Students should choose two elective courses in consultation with their academic advisor.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

A GPA of 2.0 is required for the major.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Religious Studies, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at  Consultation with an advisor is required.