BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Religious Studies

The following is a sample schedule for this major – your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor and review the class schedule before confirming your schedule. 

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
REL 100 Introduction to Religion 3
REL 101 Old Testament/Hebrew Bible 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Total hours14

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
REL 102 New Testament 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Life Sciences - General Education 4
REL 131 Religion in America 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
REL 210 Paths of World Religions 3
General elective 3
Humanities - General Education 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
The Arts - General Education 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
REL elective (upper level) 3
Course for minor 3
Physical Sciences - General Education 3-4
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Total hours15-16

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
REL elective (upper level) 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Course for minor 3
General elective (upper level) 3
General elective (upper level) 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
REL course (500-level) 3
REL elective (upper level) 3
Course for minor 3
General elective (upper level) 3
General elective (upper level) 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
REL 580 Theories of Religion 3
REL elective (upper level) 3
Course for minor 3
General elective (upper level) 3
General elective (upper level) 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
REL elective (upper level) 3
REL elective (upper level) 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3
General elective (upper level) 3
Total hours15

Tips for success

  • There is also a Bachelor of Arts option.
  • A minor is required for this major; minors typically require 18-24 credit hours.
  • It is convenient and not uncommon to add a second major to a religious studies degree.
  • Students can take some online summer courses to reduce the hours taken during a semester.
  • Religious Studies offers a REL 499 Internship program for majors and minors.
  • The required REL 580 capstone course is only offered in fall semesters.
Degree plan last reviewed 04-12-2018.