Missouri State University

Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in religious studies, you must meet the requirements listed below to be eligible for graduation.

You can pursue religious studies as either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Consult your advisor to determine which program is best for you.

Religious Studies (Non-Comprehensive) (BS)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog

  2. Major Requirements

    1. REL 100(3), 101(3), 102(3), 131(3), 210(3), 580(3)

    2. Complete 21 hours from the following four areas, distributed so that there will be at least three hours in each of the areas at the 300-level or higher*. Courses must be chosen to include at least one 500-level course:

      1. History of Religions: REL 350(3), 355(3), 357(3), 360(3), 540(3)

      2. Biblical Studies: REL 312(3), 319(3), 320(3), 321(3), 323(3), 362(3), 510(3), 570(3), 571(3)

      3. History of Judaism and Christianity: REL 103(1), 330(3), 335(3), 340(3), 341(3), 550(1-3)

      4. Religion and Culture: REL 200(1), 315(3), 332(3), 344(3), 345(3), 346(3), 347(3), 365(3), 370(3), 530(3), 531(3); REL 390(3) or SOC 390(3) or PSY 533(3)

        *Variable content courses (REL 197, 397, 399, 499) may be counted where appropriate with the approval of the advisor and department head.

    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of REL 580(3).

  3. Minor Required (or second major)

  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Religious Studies (Non-Comprehensive) (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog

  2. Major Requirements

    1. REL 100(3), 101(3), 102(3), 131(3), 210(3), 580(3)

    2. Complete 15 hours from the following four areas, distributed so that there will be at least six hours in one area and three hours in each of the other three areas. Courses must be chosen to include at least one 500-level course and another course at the 300-level or higher*:

      1. History of Religions: REL 350(3), 355(3), 357(3), 360(3), 540(3)

      2. Biblical Studies: REL 312(3), 319(3), 320(3), 321(3), 323(3), 362(3), 510(3), 570(3), 571(3)

      3. History of Judaism and Christianity: REL 103(1), 330(3), 335(3), 340(3), 341(3), 550(1-3)

      4. Religion and Culture: REL 200(1), 315(3), 332(3), 344(3), 345(3), 346(3), 347(3), 365(3), 370(3), 530(3), 531(3); REL 390(3) or SOC 390(3) or PSY 533(3)

        *Variable content courses (REL 197, 397, 399, 499) may be counted where appropriate with the approval of the advisor and department head.

    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of REL 580(3).

  3. Minor Required (or second major)

  4. Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree - see Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements section of catalog

  5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog