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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.

University Requirements

  • 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:

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.

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.