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Bachelor of Arts - Religious Studies
Bachelor of Arts - Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts - Religious Studies

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Entry requirements

  • A religious studies major requires a minimum of ten courses (30 credits) in RLST including the following:

  • Two courses in each of the three curricular categories:

    • Tradition, Texts, and History

    • Pluralism, Comparison, and Society

    • Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics

  • Senior Seminar (RLST 480; offered biannually. Students who cannot take it in the year required will take the thesis credit instead, RLST 490)

  • Three RLST electives

  • Two of the ten courses must be 300 level or above, (in addition to the senior seminar).

English requirements

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

    • Duolingo: 100+

    • IELTS: 6.5+

    • PTE: 85+

    • TOEFL: 79+

    • TOEFL Essentials: 8.5+

Course Information

As educators, we believe that an understanding of religion as a concept and practice allows us to better understand humanity. This is the foundation for connecting with people, understanding people and accepting people, especially those with different views, beliefs and experiences from our own. In keeping with the Mercy tradition, we are committed to fostering awareness of regional, national and global issues of justice that emerge within religious contexts and society. With our twenty-first century curriculum, we aim to develop and hone skills in communication, argumentation, research, social justice, cultural awareness, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking.

The academic study of religion is a central component to the humanities curriculum of Mercyhurst University. Through diverse course offerings, the Religious Studies department cultivates understanding of the human experience. It provides students with a breadth of knowledge within the field and essential skills for full participation in a globalized world. Students will cultivate reflective and critical thinking skills through the study of religion’s broad impact on human life and society. 

A Religious Studies major requires a minimum of 10 courses, including two courses in each of the following areas: Tradition, Texts, and History; Pluralism, Comparison, and Society; and Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics.

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