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Philosophy & Religion

Religious Studies (BA)

Offered by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Admission is through a formal declaration of major. The department counsels freshmen and new transfer students.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, with a minimum of 24 credit hours taken in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Course Requirements


9 credit hours in religion courses from the following:

6 credit hours in philosophy courses from the following:

9 credit hours from the following:

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

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Please refer to the Undergraduate Student Handbook for detailed information about the program.

Credit Restrictions

Keep in mind a few credit restrictions for majors and double majors:

---18 credits of the major must be earned in residence
---For double majors, 18 credits must be unique to each major