BA Religious Studies

Study global religious traditions to examine human interaction and explore the root beliefs and values of diverse cultures. This interdisciplinary degree combines teachings of history, philosophy, anthropology, literature, political science and theology to help you develop critical thinking and writing skills.


This program is no longer accepting applications. Prospective students can apply to either the Religion, Culture and Public Life program or the Religion, Politics and Global Affairs program.

Religion is an important part of human experience. Religious understanding informs and shapes politics, literature, philosophy, art and science as well as the daily life of millions around the globe. An understanding of religious traditions is critical to understanding our shared past and present and to navigating toward our shared future.

Students who pursue the BA in religious studies come from a wide diversity of faiths, cultural backgrounds and intellectual interests. What many find fascinating and exciting about religious studies is that it draws from a wide variety of disciplines --- history, philosophy, anthropology, literature, political science and theology, to name a few. Course offerings reflect a diversity of approaches (historical, anthropological, ethical and theological), regions (North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia) and traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Native American traditions).

Students currently enrolled in the BA in religious studies may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BA in religious studies (religion, politics and global affairs) or religious studies (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, 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

General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

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.

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.

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:

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.


Students interested in careers in local, state, regional and national communities find transdisciplinary encouragement and support in the BA degree program in religious studies.

Students who are attracted to international study find the undergraduate program rich in multicultural coursework and study abroad opportunities.

Religious studies students find many opportunities for practical experience leading to careers in the academic study of religion, in public service, in governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and in professional careers in a variety of organizations, including all of the helping professions.

Graduates have gone on to careers in such fields as diplomacy, development and teaching or have pursued professional degrees in areas such as law, public policy and counseling.

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