Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

The Religious Studies offerings provide a balanced selection of upper division courses that enable students to acquire a more in‐depth background as a major or minor in Religious Studies. Students who major in Religious Studies are prepared to pursue various careers ranging from teaching to parish or societal ministries.

Degree Requirements

Program Credits36
Required Courses

Requirements for the Religious Studies major are built around four learning outcomes all students should achieve:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with various religious traditions by articulating a foundational knowledge of the Christian tradition and an introductory knowledge of a tradition other than the student's own
  2. Begin to apply various critical lenses of awareness (e.g., historical, cultural, contemporary, ethical, spiritual, scientific, secular) in religious/theological thinking and ritualizing
  3. Relate and apply religious understanding and Franciscan values to contemporary issues and problems of human concern
  4. Understand religious diversity as a dimension of a globalized society

Each course in the Religious Studies major has been identified with one of the learning outcomes listed above.  The student may choose which courses to take to fulfill the learning outcome requirements.  Note: The required religion course for the Liberal Arts Core will be counted toward the major.  Religious Studies majors are also allowed to take one other 100-level religion course in addition to the required course for the Liberal Arts Core to be counted toward the major.

  • 3 courses from Learning Outcome 1: REL 103, REL 104, REL 209, REL 212, REL 316
  • 4 courses from Learning Outcome 2: REL 106, REL 225, REL 226, REL 227, REL 230, REL 313, REL 320, REL 405, REL 411
  • 2 courses from Learning Outcome 3: REL 105, REL 220, REL 343, REL 345, REL 350, REL 356, REL 360, REL 465, REL 468
  • 2 courses from Learning Outcome 4: REL 243, REL 312, REL 321, REL 322

Required Auxiliary Courses

Religious Studies majors are also required to take a one extra Philosophy course and one extra History course in addition to the required two courses in Philosophy and one course in History as part of their core for the Bachelor of Arts degree.