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The Elms College religious studies program allows you to study a subject that speaks to the person, the community, and the world. Students can study diverse religious traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism as a foundation for graduate study in comparative religion, the role of religion in society, and interfaith dialogue.

The undergraduate major in religious studies meets the needs of students who want to explore the foundations of Christianity, with an eye toward graduate study, as well as the Catholic who might be interested in ministry as a lay or ordained member of the Church.

Religious studies graduates often complete advanced degrees and work in churches, community service organizations, and nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for people everywhere.

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Click to view course requirements for the major in Religious Studies (B.A.).

(Minimum at Elms College: 21 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.3)

Core Religious Studies Requirements (36 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
REL 1001REL 101Contemporary Catholicism3
REL 2002REL 202Sacraments3
REL 2004REL 204Contemporary Christian Ethics3
REL 2008REL 208Hebrew Scriptures3
REL 2100REL 210Christian Scriptures3
REL 2102REL 212Images of Jesus3
REL 3006REL 306The Church3
REL 3206REL 326A Reasoned Faith3
REL 4107REL 417Christian Spiritual Journey3
Choose three courses: REL 2101-4205 (formerly REL 211-425)

Click to view course requirements for the minor in Religious Studies.

Minor in Religious Studies (18 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
REL 1001REL 101Contemporary Catholicism3
Choose five REL electives (15 credits)