Religious Studies

Becoming a part of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies' religious studies program means you will explore religions beyond individual belief. You will learn to understand religion as it intertwines with human knowledge, cultural tradition, societal practice and political context.

We recognize that in a globalized, post-colonial world, modern notions of religion often override and obscure the very definition of what religion means today. The study of religion at ASU offers two concentrations for undergraduates: Religion, Culture and Public Life and Religion, Politics and Global Affairs for students wanting to explore the different pathways of becoming a religious scholar. Our school also offers master's and PhD programs.

When you begin your journey into the study of religions you are opening yourself to career possibilities in intelligence organizations, religious institutions, community welfare, foreign affairs, research and so much more! With a degree in religion you will closely observe how it is linked with knowledge, memory, language, art, gender, sexuality, perceptions of the body, social norms, political ideas, power relations, ethics, violence, peace, public life, globalization and media. You will see that the modern separation of religion from secular life is worth studying.

Religious Studies Degree Programs

Religion, Culture and Public Life, BA

By studying a variety of materials, you gain an understanding of the role of religion in shaping the past, present and future of human societies and cultures, an understanding which will aid you in any field you decide to pursue.


A bible opened with a psalm highlighted

Religion, Politics and Global Affairs, BA

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. 


A cathderal in Abu Dhabi.

Religious Studies, MA

The religious studies MA program goes beyond the history and foundation of the world's religions. The program's curriculum includes comparative topics that put religion in the forefront of many modern-day themes, from which you will receive a broad understanding of all religions.


People gather at Kaaba Mecca.

Religious Studies, PhD

The academic study of religion is a central component of the humanities and has become increasingly recognized as a critical tool in understanding society and politics in a globalized world. You will graduate with a firm understanding of the role religion plays in today's world and with an expertise that prepares you for careers in academia and beyond.