BA Religious Studies (Religion, Politics and Global Affairs)


Questions regarding religion and its relationship with governments, public health, and migration directly affect our daily lives. With a foundation in religious studies, you are prepared to solve real-world problems like these from within any of a multitude of careers.

Program Description

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.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing a concurrent degree or second baccalaureate in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements. https://thecollege.asu.edu/concurrent-and-second-baccalaureate-degrees


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

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.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.



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Career Outlook

Religious studies majors seek jobs in many professional areas, including:

  • chaplaincy
  • diversity management
  • education
  • foreign service
  • health care, including mental health and counseling
  • journalism
  • law
  • nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations
  • public service and public policy
  • publishing

Religious studies is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional studies in:

  • anthropology
  • gender studies
  • health care
  • history
  • law
  • justice studies
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • sociology
  • theology

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Advocate


  • Growth: 16.8%
  • Median Salary*: $35,960
  Bright Outlook

Counselor (General)


  • Growth: 13.0%
  • Median Salary*: $45,760
  Bright Outlook

Lawyer


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)


  • Growth: 22.3%
  • Median Salary*: $51,340
  Bright Outlook

News Reporter


  • Growth: -11.2%
  • Median Salary*: $49,300

Politician


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: $33,200
  Bright Outlook

Religion Professor


  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: $76,160
  Bright Outlook

Religious Education Director


  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: $45,110

Religious Leader


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $51,940

Social Worker


  • Growth: 11.7%
  • Median Salary*: $48,430
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

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



Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.



Program Contact Information

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