Religious Studies BA

Undergraduate majors may work towards the honors distinction, and there are several departmental awards given each spring for outstanding achievement. Many majors go on to do graduate work in religion, while others entering various professions find that the interpretive, writing, and problem solving skills they learned studying religion give them a unique edge in their work.


The major requires completion of four lower-division units (one course); and 44 upper-division units – about eleven courses. Students should consult the current General Catalog or meet with the undergraduate advisor about course distribution requirements.

Areas of Study

Students can concentrate in several areas of study including: Buddhist Studies; South Asian traditions; East Asian traditions; Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern traditions; Christian, Mediterranean, and European traditions; or traditions of the Americas through careful selection of coursework.


The department’s undergraduate adviser helps students plan their course of study. The department chair and other faculty members also assist students with academic planning.

Contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Berenice Lopez.