B.A. in Religious Studies

APU’s Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies provides a strong, scholarly foundation and framework for Christian belief and practice by employing a dialogical perspective that invites conversation between Christians and people from non-Christian global religious traditions. Coursework prepares undergraduate students for responsible understanding of, and engagement with, people of a variety of global religious traditions in order to be faithful, well informed, and culturally sensitive participants in intercultural and interreligious dialogue. We accomplish this by training our students in interreligious approaches and by focusing on praxis, religious experience, theology, and philosophy with respect to those traditions. Religious studies majors leave APU with a greater ability to engage the world respectfully from a place of sincere Christian faith, awareness, and praxis.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a religious studies major if you:

  • Are looking for a major that will give you the awareness, the insight, and the skills to interact with people in this global environment.
  • Are imagining a career or vocation in which you are working with diverse people in diverse geographic locations, or even in your hometown where diverse populations live.
  • Desire to interact with people of a variety of global religious traditions thoughtfully and sensitively in order to be faithful, well informed, and culturally astute participants in intercultural and interreligious dialogue from a specifically Christian perspective.
  • Are considering a career in law, politics, international business, overseas nonprofit work, or missions.

Learn more about this major and required courses.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.