Religious Studies (BA)

ASU is not currently accepting applications for this program. Interested students should apply to the concentration in Religion, Culture and Public Life or the concentration in Religion, Politics and Global Affairs.

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).

Degree Offered

Religious Studies (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, The College of

Tempe, Online

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Students interested in careers in local, state, regional and national communities find transdisciplinary encouragement and support in the Bachelor of Arts 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.

Religious studies graduates have gone on to careers in such fields as diplomacy, development and teaching. Other students have pursued professional degrees in areas such as law, public policy and counseling.

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2%
Social Workers, All Other8.3%$61,980
Business Intelligence Analysts9.3%$88,510
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents4.5%$79,970
Financial Analysts 10.9%$84,300
Intelligence Analysts4.5%$79,970
Labor Relations Specialists-7.7%$63,200
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 23.2%$63,230
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Healthcare Social Workers 20.1%$54,870
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Reporters and Correspondents -10%$39,370
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 12.3%$69,590
Religious Workers, All Other7.7%$29,310
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380

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

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