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

In the bachelor’s degree in religious studies, you’ll explore 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 explore how religious understanding shapes:

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

What kinds of skills will I develop with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies?

As a religious studies major with a concentration in religion, culture and public life, you’ll develop professional skills, such as analysis, writing, speaking, critical thinking and reasoning. Through 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 industries, such as:

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

How do I know if a 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.

Program Field of Study
Bachelor of Arts
Program Focus
Religious Studies (Religion, Culture and Public Life)
Program Name Abbreviation
Religious Studies - Religion, Culture and Public Life (BA)
Program Category
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Program Description Intro

Are you interested in exploring how societies have attempted to answer life’s biggest questions throughout time and around the globe? Earning a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies with a concentration in religion, culture and public life can advance your understanding of how religions develop across cultures. In your religious studies degree coursework, you may explore areas of human life, such as conflict, peacebuilding, health care and politics.

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Courses Summary

Courses in the religious studies major offer explorations of domestic and global religions in a cultural context. You can 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. Examples of courses in the degree program include, but are not limited to:

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Total Hours
120
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120
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Required number of credits to complete this degree.
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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. 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.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.
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The largest and most diverse college at ASU
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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.

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interdisciplinary schools and departments.
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undergraduate degrees.
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140+
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graduate degrees.
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for humanities research, according to the National Science Foundation.
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Undergraduate
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UPO201
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Does my religious studies degree say 'online'?
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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.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. Your concentration in religion, culture and public life will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

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