BA Religious Studies (Religion, Politics and Global Affairs)
Religion, politics and global affairs are intertwined, influencing topics such as public health and migration that affect the daily lives of humans. This program allows you to explore questions regarding religion and its relationship with governments and ethics. With a foundation in religious studies, you are able to solve real-world problems in a multitude of careers.
The BA program in religious studies with a concentration in religion, politics and global affairs considers how the study of religion expands the understanding of political culture, communal formation, governance, nationalism, statehood and citizenship in both domestic and global contexts.
Students explore the role religion has in shaping political values, social movements, civic organizations and communal norms, with particular attention on how religion impacts issues of health, the environment, migration, peace, conflict, violence and various issues of social justice. Special consideration is given to the religious intersections of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender and other vital facets of human community and identity.
Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in religious studies (religion, politics and global affairs) may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BA in religious studies or the BA in religious studies (religion, culture and public life) due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.
At a Glance
- Location: Tempe campus
- Additional Program Fee: Yes
- Second Language Requirement: Yes
- First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
- Math Intensity: General
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:
Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
General University Admission Requirements:
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.
ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.
ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu
Religious studies majors seek jobs in many professional areas, including:
- diversity management
- foreign service
- health care
- mental health and counseling
- non-profit organizations
- non-governmental organizations
- public policy
- public service
Religious studies is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional studies in:
- gender studies
- health care
- justice studies
- political science
- Growth: 8.2%
- Median Salary*: $119,250
- Growth: 7.1%
- Median Salary*: $25,630
Religious Education Director
- Growth: 7.1%
- Median Salary*: $38,980
- Growth: 8.2%
- Median Salary*: $47,100
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.