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Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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Religious studies is an interdisciplinary program offering a wide range of approaches to the study of various religions.

Major Details

College: College of Humanities
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://religious.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL (English) 101-First Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL (English) 102-First Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
Approaches to the Study of Religion 3
Jewish/Christian Religions and Traditions 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
Approaches to the Study of Religion 3
Jewish/Christian Religions and Traditions 3
East Asian/Islamic Religions and Traditions 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
East Asian/Islamic Religions and Traditions 3
Jewish/Christian Religions and Traditions 3
RELI 200 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
East Asian/Islamic Religions and Traditions 3
RELI 498 Capstone 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

Exposure to religious traditions from throughout history and around the world, as well as practice engaging in discourse, analysis, and writing, provides students who major in Religious Studies with strong career foundations. Graduates might work in religious leadership, education, human services, outreach, or cultural preservation. This major is also excellent preparation for continued study in a seminary or other theological training program, or for graduate studies in religious studies, literature, anthropology, or nonprofit or public administration. Some of the job titles below require an advanced certification, ordination, or degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Religious leadership
  • Scholarship/research
  • Outreach
  • Advocacy
  • Cultural/historical preservation
  • Educational program direction
  • Teaching
  • Social services
  • Communications

Sample Employers

  • Places of worship
  • Schools and universities
  • Campus/student religious organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Museum and libraries
  • Hospitals and hospices
  • Government agencies
  • Camps and summer programs
  • Shelters
  • Counseling services
  • Correctional facilities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Religious Activities/Education Director $18,500 - $36,200
Protestant Minister $21,450 - $41,730
Rabbi $30,000 - $41,730
Medical Ethicist $37,737 - $61,732
Chaplain $38,925 - $42,074
Camp Director $30,000 - $80,000
Nonprofit Social Service Director $70,429 - $97,381
Fundraiser $35,000 - $90,000
Victim Services Specialist $20,000 - $54,000
Grief Therapist $23,580 - $36,810
Communications Specialist $23,000 - $40,000
Archivist $26,600 - $45,020
Religion Instructor, Postsecondary $33,400 - $62,300