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 Bachelor of Arts in religious studies with a concentration in religion, politics and global affairs may be ideal for you.
Next start date: 03/13/2023
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.
Religious studies courses
Courses in the religion, politics and global affairs concentration tend to focus on the modern world, addressing topics and issues in the 20th and 21st centuries. 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. Browse some featured courses below.
REL 101: Religion, Culture and Public Life (HU & G)
REL 307: Religion: Theory and Practice (L or HU)
REL 406: Religious Studies Capstone I
REL 407: Religious Studies Capstone II
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.
Admission requirements for religious studies
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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