B.A. in Religious Studies

Program Information

Founded in the past century, the field of religious studies endeavors to better understand religion by means of modern academic approaches. Philosophical questions are considered, such as are all mystical experiences in essence the same, and can we reconcile evil with the existence of god(s)? But the field also asks anthropological, sociological, political, literary, and historical questions: How have the beliefs and practices of Shinto shaped the modern Japanese corporation? Why did first-century Gnostic Christianity lose out to what we would eventually come to know as Christian Orthodoxy? What is the meaning of the “Epic of Gilgamesh”? Who was the Buddha?

Major Maps

Major Maps provide information about classes, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more. Explore a year-by-year guide through this major and beyond at http://cas.gsu.edu/major-maps.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.

If considering this major, RELS 2001 will allow you to explore this option before making a decision.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

LANG 1002

3

RELS 2001

3

**GSU 1010

1

Area D Elective

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

MATH 1101

3

Area B Elective

2

Area D Elective

4

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

 

Notes

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

POLS 1101

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area D Elective

3

Area E Elective

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 17

Term 2

Course Hours

HIST 2110

3

Area C Elective

3

Area E Elective

3

RELS 3270

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

 


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

Area F Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

*RELS 3750

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

 

Notes

*This course fulfills the CTW requirement.


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

Area G Elective

3

RELS 4750

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones