Online Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies – Religion, Politics and Global Affairs

Are you passionate about exploring how human beings have answered the “big questions” about life? What about combining philosophical and practical knowledge to understand today’s social problems? If so, the religion, politics and global affairs concentration may be ideal for you.

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Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Major in the study of religion

When you pursue a bachelor’s degree in religious studies with a concentration in religion, politics and global affairs, you’ll explore 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. These will enable you to analyze the role religion has in shaping political values, social movements and communal norms.

What is religious studies?

 

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.

What is religion? Religion is a social-cultural system that has an enduring impact on human community and identity. Religious traditions shape responses to global challenges, such as health, migration and the environment. Indigenous communities have used notions of sacred land and ritual space to secure land rights. Refugees, migrants and asylees have established new transnational networks of belonging and support through religious institutions. Faith-based nonprofit organizations are essential elements of public health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Many degrees in religion or religious studies focus on Christianity, with an emphasis upon preparation for Christian ministry. By comparison, Arizona State University’s religious studies degrees are global and comparative, examining multiple traditions, religions, practices and beliefs, including but not limited to Christianity. ASU also offers two concentrations: religion, culture and public life versus religion, politics and global affairs.

What can I do with a religious studies degree?

Graduates of the religion, politics and global affairs concentration are well positioned to pursue a career in journalism, foreign service, chaplaincy, public policy, education and nonprofit organizations. This degree responds to employers’ demand for employees who have highly transferable skills. These skills make employees flexible, adaptable and able to work with others.

Advocate


Growth: 16.4 %
Salary: $33,120

Counselor (General)


Growth: 14.3 %
Salary: $43,370

Lawyer


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $119,250

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)


Growth: 23.4 %
Salary: $48,790

News Reporter


Growth: -10.0 %
Salary: $39,370

Politician


Growth: 7.1 %
Salary: $25,630

Religion Professor


Growth: 12.3 %
Salary: $69,590

Religious Education Director


Growth: 7.1 %
Salary: $38,980

Religious Leader


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $47,100

Learn from experienced religious teachers and professionals

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members. Religious studies faculty have received fellowships at the National Humanities Center and research grants from the ACLS, Luce Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust and National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from experienced religious teachers and professionals

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members. Religious studies faculty have received fellowships at the National Humanities Center and research grants from the ACLS, Luce Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust and National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements for religious studies

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You are considered a freshman 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).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Enroll in one of the leading schools in the study of religion and religious studies

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140


million in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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