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2022-2023 LSUA Catalog 
2022-2023 LSUA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religious Studies, BA

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The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies offers students the opportunity to prepare for a variety of careers. Majors complete a rigorous, scholarly program developing the skills necessary to interpret a wide variety of religions. They become familiar with sacred texts and rituals and come to know how these have affected culture and history. World Religions majors become competent in a foreign language and acquire interdisciplinary knowledge. Graduates of the program go into business, medicine,  education, ministry, advertising, health care, law, publishing, and social service professions. Some attend graduate school or pursue professional studies in divinity, law, business, or health care. Graduates are sought after in many fields for their people skills, their ability to think critically, and their sensitivity toward diversity.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will write clearly and effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  2. Graduates will interpret religions critically and academically, taking into account cultural and historical contexts.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all requirements for admission to the university. The Bachelor of Arts in World Relgions has no separate or special admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as specified in Degree Requirements .
  2. Students must complete at least 36 hours at the 3000-level or higher with at least nine of these at the 4000-level.
  3. Students are required to make a grade of “C” or higher in each course applied toward Major Requirements.

Degree Audit

A degree audit for students and their academic advisors is available here.

Total Credits: 120

General Education Requirements

See list of approved courses in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Total Credits: 6

Social Sciences

Total Credits: 6


Total Credits: 6

Natural Sciences

Students must take either six hours of biology and three hours of physical science or six hours of physical science (in a single discipline) and three hours of biology.

Total Credits: 9


Total Credits: 9

Fine Arts

Total Credits: 3

Total Credits: 39

Major Requirements

Total Credits: 30

Additional Requirements

  • Foreign Language Electives Credits: 12 

[12 hours in one language OR

9 hours in one language and 3 in another OR

6 hours in one language and 6 in another]

  • Free Electives/Completion of Minor Credits: 39

Total Credits: 51

Suggested Sequence of Courses


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