BA in Religious Studies

Degree Program Description

What do shamans, politicians, nurses, prophets, intellectuals, nuns, slaves, 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

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 1100Introduction to Religion3
or REL_ST 2110 Religions of the World
REL_ST 3990Majors Seminar3
REL_ST 4100Advanced Theories and Methods3
REL_ST 4990Senior Seminar in Religious Studies3
Additional requirements
At least one course in Asian, Western, and Indigenous Religions.18
Total Credits30

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
REL_ST 1100*3REL_ST 2310*3
HIST 1100 or 12003ENGLSH 10003
SPAN 11004CL_HUM 10603
PSYCH 10003ECONOM 10005
MATH 11003SPAN 12004
 16 18
Second Year
REL_ST 2500*3REL_ST 21003
SPAN 21004Elective3
BIO_SC 10103GEOG 11003
English Literature3HIST 38203
PSYCH 23103 
 16 12
Third Year
REL_ST 2610*3REL_ST 3200*3
REL_ST 3710*3REL_ST 3990*3
GEOL 11004ANTHRO 10003
POL_SC 11003AR_H_A 37603
 13 12
Fourth Year
REL_ST 41003Senior Seminar3
PHYSCS 10503Electives9
 15 12
Total Credits: 114

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

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For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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