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Anthropology and Religion

Boston University

48 months
58560 USD/year
58560 USD/year
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The Anthropology and Religion joint major at Boston University offers the student numerous ways to understand how religion works as a dynamic aspect of culture, and how individuals interact with their social environments to create systems of belief and ritual in their efforts to make sense of the world.


Key facts

All students of the Anthropology and Religion program, offered by Boston University, entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major (or minor) and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Anthropology & Religion will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy most BU Hub requirements in Philosophical, Aesthetic, and Historical Interpretation; Scientific and Social Inquiry; Communication; Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship; and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Learn about the concept of religious worldview and debates regarding human beings as fundamentally religious.
  • Students will develop an appreciation for the varieties of religious belief, expression, experience, and practice.
  • Understand the regional themes and diversity in religious traditions and behavior.
  • Master the fundamental religious themes in at least one society other than their own, and the relationship of those themes to the dynamics of social organization.
  • Understand the ways in which religious belief and practice both canalize and reflect economic and political forces within and between communities.
  • Understand the historical development of anthropological thought about religion, and the relationship of that thought to theorists outside of the discipline who have been influential in the study of religion.
  • Understand the relationship of religion to social and ethnic identity in both simple and complex societies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Ethnicity and Identity
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Ethnography and Anthropological Theory
  • Religions Asia
  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

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    58560 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 58560 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    58560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 58560 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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