Bachelor of Arts in Religion

The Bachelor of Arts in Religion is a solid Liberal Arts degree, providing graduates with the knowledge base and the intellectual, analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills essential to succeed in any career. The faculty and course offerings provide an introduction to the major religions of the world, with an emphasis upon the comparison of traditions and their encounter with one another. Instruction is offered in African and African American religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Daoism.

Employment Prospects after graduation with the Bachelor's degree include the fields of Journalism and Communications, Social Work, Ministry/Chaplaincy, Pre-Law, Pre-Med/Health Services, Government/FBI, NGO's, Hospice/End-of-Life Care, International Enterprise, Education, Academic Research, Human Resources, Tourism and Hospitality. 

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are REL 4096, and either REL 2496 or REL 2596.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • Distribution Requirement for Humanities majors: Six upper level credits must be earned in the Social Science, Science, and/or interdisciplinary subject areas.  Select from the following CLA departments and programs: Africology & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience (CLA), Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major department.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements: Ten courses in Religion (30 credits):

Required Courses
REL 1001Religion and Society3
Writing-Intensive Course
REL 2496Introduction to the Bible3
or REL 2596 What Is Christianity?
Non-Western Courses
Select two of the following:6
Indian Philosophies and Religions
Introduction to Buddhism
Chinese Religions - Confucius to Mao
Religion in Contemporary Africa
Yoga & Tantric Mysticism
I-Ching, Tao, and Ch'an/Zen
Japanese Religions
Japanese Buddhism
Traditional Religions of Africa
African Religions and New World Culture
Electives
Select five additional Religion courses 115
Capstone
REL 4096Capstone Seminar in Religion 23
Total Credit Hours30
1

Up to two may be from courses numbered 0800-1999, and at least three must be from courses numbered 2000 and above.

2

Restricted to Religion majors only and minors with permission of instructor. Students must have completed at least five courses in the major prior to taking the capstone.

Transfer students: No more than five religion courses taken at other institutions may be accepted for the major. The director of undergraduate studies must determine that these meet the standards of the Religion major.

Distinction in Major in Religion

For graduation with Distinction in Major, an overall GPA of 3.25 is required with 3.5 in Religion courses. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
REL 1001Religion and Society3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society course
 
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
One Religion 2000+ Writing Intensive Course From Approved List [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
Religion 2000+ Non-Western Course From Approved List3
Religion 0800-4999 Course at Any Level3
Religion 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
Religion 2000+ Non-Western Course From Approved List3
Religion 0800-4999 Course at Any Level3
Religion 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Religion 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
REL 4096Capstone Seminar in Religion [WI]13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

Typically offered only in the spring semester.