BA in Religious Studies
Degree Program Description
What do shamans, politicians, nurses, prophets, intellectuals, nuns, and soldiers have in common? They are all part of the Religious Studies curriculum at MU, which studies religion as a powerful influence in human life and history, shaping global cultures, national identities, and the values of individuals. Religious Studies majors explore the roles religion plays in societies, the ways that religious institutions grow and change, the meanings of scriptures from around the world, the extraordinary experiences of religious specialists, and much more. Graduates of the major pursue a variety of employment and graduate school opportunities.
Major Program Requirements
A student must take a total of 30 credit hours in Religious Studies, of which at least 21 hours must be at the 2000-level or above. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to have the credit applied. In addition, students must complete all degree, college and university graduation requirements, including university general education.
|Major core requirements|
|REL_ST 1100||Introduction to Religion||3|
|or REL_ST 2110||Global Religions|
|REL_ST 4100||Advanced Theories and Methods||3|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|REL_ST 1100*||3||REL_ST 2310*||3|
|HIST 1100 or 1200||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|SPAN 1100||4||ECONOM 1000||5|
|PSYCH 1000||3||AMS 1060||3|
|MATH 1100||3||SPAN 1200||4|
|REL_ST Course||3||REL_ST 2100||3|
|BIO_SC 1010||3||GEOG 1100||3|
|English Literature||3||HIST 3820||3|
|REL_ST 2610*||3||REL_ST 3200*||3|
|REL_ST 3710*||3||REL_ST 3990*||3|
|GEOL 1100||4||ANTHRO 1000||3|
|POL_SC 1100||3||ARH_VS 3760||3|
|REL_ST 4100||3||Senior Seminar||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
Degree requirements that also meet University general education requirements
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