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.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

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.

ASU Online also offers a BA in religious studies with a concentration in religion, culture and public life. While both concentrations analyze the impact of religion in society, the religion, politics and global affairs concentration provides a broader and more contemporary analysis of political movements, international relations and ethical trends across societies. In comparison, the religion, culture and public life concentration focuses on in-depth examinations of specific places and times, as well as particular religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

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 (GCSI OR HU & G)


REL 307: Religion: Theory and Practice (HUAD OR 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:

Advocate


Growth: 8.6 %
Salary: $38,520

Lawyer


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $135,740

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)


Growth: 14.9 %
Salary: $56,570

Mental Health Counselor


Growth: 18.4 %
Salary: $49,710

News Reporter


Growth: -3.3 %
Salary: $55,960

Politician


Growth: 3.4 %
Salary: $48,090

Religion Professor


Growth: 2.7 %
Salary: $78,780

Religious Education Director


Growth: -0.2 %
Salary: $49,380

Religious Leader


Growth: 0.6 %
Salary: $55,550

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.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

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.

$170


million in research expenditures in 2022.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

100+


undergraduate degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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