Online Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies – Religion, Culture and Public Life

Are you interested in learning how societies have attempted to answer life’s biggest questions? Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in religious studies with a concentration in religion, culture and public life explores areas of human life, such as conflict, peacebuilding, healthcare and politics, to advance your understanding of how religions develop across cultures.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


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 in this religious studies degree

In this program, you’ll analyze the impact of religion on societies throughout the world, with an emphasis on how it influences everyday life and its portrayal in art and media. By exploring religious depictions in popular culture, literature, film and more, you’ll develop an understanding of how belief systems are perceived and shared. 

The curriculum includes an emphasis on analyzing how different religions inform decision-making in aspects of human life, ranging from appearance to attitudes about mortality and sexuality. Through your coursework, you’ll learn how religious understanding shapes:

  • Communication.
  • Entertainment.
  • Reasoning.
  • Socialization.
  • Work.

The skills you’ll develop in a bachelor’s of religious studies

 

Throughout this religious studies degree, you’ll develop professional skills, such as analysis, writing, speaking, critical thinking and reasoning. As you advance your understanding of the impact of religion on societies, you’ll build a familiarity with diverse cultural practices, which are transferable in a variety of workplace settings and advanced degree studies. The topics covered in the curriculum can support careers in many industries, including:

  • Counseling.
  • Education.
  • Government agencies.
  • Human resources.
  • Nonprofit organizations. 
  • Publishing.

Which religious studies degree is right for me?

 

The bachelor’s degree in religious studies may be a good fit if you’re interested in learning about how religion impacts society in cultures around the world. In pursuit of this degree, you’ll expand your knowledge about religious traditions and take a magnified look at practices concerning diet, rites marking life traditions and more. This religious studies degree is applicable whether you’re already working in a related field or you’re passionate about exploring world religions.

ASU Online also offers a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies program with a concentration in religion, politics and global affairs. Instead of examining particular places and times, the religion, politics and global affairs concentration explores broader political movements, international relations and ethical trends across societies.

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.”

Religious studies courses

Courses offer explorations of domestic and global religions in a cultural context. You also have the opportunity to choose courses that focus on your areas of interest, ranging from Hinduism and the New Testament to the impact of race and gender on religion.


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


Jobs you could get with this religious studies degree

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue graduate studies or follow a variety of career paths. Popular areas of graduate studies include religion, anthropology and political science. You can also pursue a career in the public and private sectors in industries, such as journalism, public policy, education and more. 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

Widely recognized scholars in the field

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.

Widely recognized scholars in the field

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

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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.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

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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