Online Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies – Religion, Politics and Global Affairs
Are you passionate about exploring how humans have answered life’s big questions? Arizona State University's Bachelor of Arts in religious studies with a concentration in religion, politics and global affairs examines how religious communities, traditions and beliefs impact and are impacted by globalization and world events. Upon graduation, you’ll understand how to observe and analyze religion’s complex roles in conflict, peacebuilding, health care and politics.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What you’ll learn as a religious studies major
Religious studies is rooted in the humanities and fosters an appreciation for how humans express themselves through religious beliefs, practices and traditions. The academic study of religion can illuminate the complex relationships between religion, social structures, political power and globalization.
Many degrees in religious studies focus on Christianity, with an emphasis upon preparation for Christian ministry. Differently, ASU’s religious studies degrees are global and comparative, examining multiple traditions, religions, practices and beliefs, including but not limited to Christianity.
As a religious studies major, you’ll analyze how the study of religion has shaped the modern world. You’ll learn how religion influences political culture, communal formation, nationalism and citizenship in local and global contexts. You’ll also gain theoretical training and research skills needed to analyze the role religion has in shaping political values, social movements and communal norms.
Is the religion, politics and global affairs concentration right for me?
If you’re interested in exploring religion’s impact on all aspects of life, this program may be a great fit. Throughout this program, you’ll examine cultural diversity and investigate issues from different perspectives. Your coursework may cover a variety of themes, such as bodily norms, dietary practices and the rites marking life transitions.
Courses for this religious studies major
Courses focus on religion’s impact on the modern world and 20 and 21st century topics and issues. You’ll learn about religions around the world, such as African American religion, modern Buddhism and Islam. You’ll also take courses on nationalism, ethnic conflict and moral issues.
REL 101: Religion, Culture and Public Life (HU & G)
REL 307: Religion: Theory and Practice (HU)
REL 406: Religious Studies Capstone I
REL 407: Religious Studies Capstone II
The careers this religious studies major prepares you for
Graduates are well positioned to pursue a career in journalism, foreign service, chaplaincy, public policy, education and nonprofit organizations. Upon completion of this degree, you’ll be equipped with important transferable skills that are valued highly by employers. Examples of potential careers include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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