Major in Religious Studies

" I had a great experience with the Religious Studies Department at Iowa. It helped me discern what I wanted to do as a career and the professors were excellent."  Marija Pritchard, BA 2019

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies requires 30 s.h. of coursework. Students must maintain a 2.00 g.p.a. in all courses for the major. A minimum of 15 s.h. for the major must be earned at the University of Iowa. Students must complete the College's graduation requirements, which include at least 120 s.h. of coursework and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

To fulfill the 30 s.h. of Religious Studies (prefix RELS) coursework required for the major, students must take one (3 s.h.) course in each of the five core areas listed below, 15 s.h. in total. The remaining 15 s.h. may be from any core area or the list of Elective Courses. Of the 30 s.h. required, at least two courses (6 s.h.) must be numbered 3000 or above. Courses for the major may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Core Areas:

Social Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Religion 3 sh
Religion in History 3 sh
Religion in Global Context 3 sh
Religion, Values, and Culture 3 sh
Special Topics and Current Events 3 sh

Additional Coursework:

Five courses from any Core area above or the list of Elective Courses 15 sh  
                       Total Hours 30 sh

For the list of courses that fulfill the above requirements see the Religious Studies Requirements General Catalog page in the General Catalog.