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.

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.

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.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • 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.

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Transfer Options

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Change of Major Requirements

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

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

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.

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Career Outlook

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

  • chaplaincy
  • diversity management
  • education
  • foreign service
  • health care
  • journalism
  • law
  • mental health and counseling
  • non-profit organizations
  • non-governmental organizations
  • public policy
  • public service
  • 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:


  • Growth: 16.4%
  • Median Salary*: $33,120
  Bright Outlook

Counselor (General)

  • Growth: 14.3%
  • Median Salary*: $43,370
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: $119,250

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)

  • Growth: 23.4%
  • Median Salary*: $48,790
  Bright Outlook

News Reporter

  • Growth: -10.0%
  • Median Salary*: $39,370
Green Occupation


  • Growth: 7.1%
  • Median Salary*: $25,630

Religion Professor

  • Growth: 12.3%
  • Median Salary*: $69,590
  Bright Outlook

Religious Education Director

  • Growth: 7.1%
  • Median Salary*: $38,980

Religious Leader

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: $47,100

Social Worker

  • Growth: 14.2%
  • Median Salary*: $44,380
  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.

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