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BA in Religion

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Religion prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program enables students to study major religious traditions with critical insight into fundamental tenets and allows a deeper investigation of a broad spectrum of the world's religions and their historical impact.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in religion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the basic concepts and methods of the study of religion in an academic context
  • Demonstrate the historical, textual, artistic, ritual, ethical and experiential dimensions of major religions in the East and West
  • Analyze the power of religion both to unify society and to disrupt and divide it
  • Demonstrate knowledge of areas of similarity in religions and potential points of cooperation among them in a shrinking global context

BA in Religion Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Religion 33
A. Required Courses 6
  • Religions of the World (3 credits) OR
  • Comparative Religion (3 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religion
    B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Religion Electives*
  • Buddhist Thought
  • Confucianism
  • Contemporary Religious Thought
  • Death and Dying: Religious Perspectives
  • Dogmatics
  • Foundations of Mystical Experience
  • Heresy and Heterodoxy
  • History of Western Religion
  • Islamic Religious Thought
  • Jesus in Synoptic Gospels
  • Judaism and Early Christian Thought
  • Meditation in Eastern Tradition
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Pauline Epistles
  • Problem of Suffering in Biblical Tradition
  • Religion and Culture
  • Religion and Moral Issues
  • Religion and Social Change
  • Religion in America
  • Religion of North American Indians
  • Systems of Religious Thought
  • Taoism
  • The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
  • The Upanishads
  • The Vedas
  • Theologies of Hope
  • Women Reformers in American Religion
D. Requirements  

Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.

III. Electives 27
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other religion courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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