The Religious Studies major is a 30-credit program that pairs well with many fields of study. Students combine their professional skills in natural science, pre-medicine, public health, nursing, social work, public affairs, philanthropic studies, secondary education, business, and technology with excellent writing and communication skills, the flexibility to conceptualize complex social and moral problems, and the cross-cultural understanding needed to build respectful relationships and teamwork.
Beyond the general distribution and credit hours required by the IU School of Liberal Arts for the Bachelor of Arts degree, you need to complete 30 credit hours of course work.
The major combines introductory courses in the academic study of religions with advanced study of the history and diversity of religious traditions. The 30-credit major requires the following:
For courses to count toward the major, students must receive a C or better (C- and P do not qualify).
“Learning about people from diverse backgrounds teaches you to how to communicate and be empathetic with different people. These skills are essential for all careers. I always draw on my Religious Studies major to ask, ‘What do I need to do to communicate? How do I connect with people?’”
Mohamad earned an M.D. from IU School of Medicine and is now a resident in otolaryngology at IU School of Medicine.
-Mohamad Saltagi, Religious Studies B.A. and Biology B.S. (2013)
To provide students with guidance that will both enhance their academic experience and avoid problems meeting requirements, the Department of Religious Studies has developed the following suggested curriculum.
To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes that you will be taking to finish your degree.