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Religious Studies Majors

The Major

Leads to a BA in multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in religious studies.

Total Hours Required: 120 s.h. (A minimum of 24 s.h. from sections 3 and 4 must be above 2999.)

  1. Foundations Curriculum Requirements: 42 s.h.
  2. Requires 12 s.h. of foreign language through level 1004
  3. BA Major Requirements: 30 s.h. of Religion courses
    3 s.h. RELI 1000 or RELI 1690
    3 s.h. RELI 3500 (Take anytime after you have completed RELI 1000 or RELI 1690)
    3 s.h. RELI 4500 (Normally taken during your last year)
    21 s.h. Religion courses with a minimum of 18 s.h. from "Core Religion Electives."
  4. Minor or approved structured electives to complete 120 s.h.

The Double Major

Students are encouraged to double major in order to broaden their appeal in the marketplace and to complement their primary major. Because of the flexibility of the religion program, it is easy to double major.

Leads to a BA in multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in religious studies.

Total Hours Required: 120 s.h. (A minimum of 24 s.h. from sections 3 and 4 must be above 2999.)

  1. Foundations Curriculum Requirements: 42 s.h. (It is permissible to double count courses as satisfying both the Foundations Curriculum and the 2nd major requirements.)
  2. Requires 12 s.h. of foreign language through level 1004, unless the "primary" major is a BS degree.
  3. BA Major Requirements: 30 s.h. of Religion courses
    3 s.h. RELI 1000 or RELI 1690
    3 s.h. RELI 3500 (Take anytime after you have completed RELI 1000 or RELI 1690)
    3 s.h. RELI 4500 (Normally taken during your last year)
    21 s.h. additional Religious Studies courses with a minimum of 15 s.h. from "Core Religion Electives"
  4. Minor or approved structured electives to complete 120 s.h. If any courses qualify as core or elective courses for both majors, they can be double-counted.

The Minor

The minor requires 18 s.h. credit. Courses taken to meet foundation curriculum requirements may be used to satisfy the minor requirements. A maximum of 6 s.h. may be used to satisfy foundations curriculum requirements and religious studies minor requirements. No course work in the students major can be applied toward the minor. Most of our students opt for a double major in order to broaden their educational experiences and acquire a more immediately marketable skill.

Minor Requirements: RELI 1000 or 1690, 15 s.h. from electives with (minimum of 12s.h. from "Religion Electives")

Study Abroad

Each year, ECU leads study abroad programs with substantial religious content have visited Egypt, Ghana, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, and Mexico. These are educational journeys for which students receive academic credit. With the approval from the director, a student may ear a maximum of 6 s.h. of credit toward the major or minor.

Graduate Studies

There are a number of master's level programs through which your interest in religion can be addressed.

Master of Arts in International Studies. This innovative interdisciplinary program provides the possibility for concentration on religion as a major international issue. Contact MAIS director.

Theses: In recent years graduate students with an interest in religion have written master's theses in the following departments: Anthropology, English, History, Psychology, Sociology.

Helpful Documents

If you decided that a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies is your path, the following documents will help you begin the process and organize your course choices. For instance, a four year check sheet plan helps you plan your courses for the four years you are at ECU. A major or minor may use check sheets as guide to your degree requirements before graduation. All students must complete the Foundations Curriculum Checksheet. You can access the catalog at ECU Undergraduate Catalog.

  1. 4 Years plan Check sheet
  2. Major Declaration Form
  3. RELI Requirement check sheet
  4. Foundations curriculum Requirements (42s.h.)

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For more information, please contact the Program Director:

Dr. Mary Nyangweso
(252) 737-2422
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