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Religious Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #38 (ARWU) Boulder, CO, United States
The undergraduate degree in religious studies emphasizes the application of various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion; the understanding of religious practices and traditions with attention to historical context and present-day impact.
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Overview

The curriculum in the Department of Religious Studies at CU Boulder trains students in the scholarly understanding and interpretation of the complex phenomenon we call religion through careful study of history, texts, rituals, narrative, art and media. The program offers the skills to approach the comparative study of religion with the option of gaining deeper knowledge in one religious tradition, such as Buddhism, Christianity, East Asian Religions, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Native American and Indigenous traditions.

In addition, students with a degree in religious studies are expected to achieve basic religious literacy: the ability to communicate and analyze practical information regarding religious diversity as educated citizens of a pluralistic society and thereby to effectively understand and participate in public debates and discussions about religion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    121 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Religious Dimension in Human Experience
  • Elective
  • Elective Lower or Upper-division

For more information, please visit program website.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

General required materials:

  • Application
  • $50 application fee ($70 for international students)
  • Essays

Additional Required materials for freshmen & international freshmen:

  • Letter of recommendation
  • High school transcript or equivalency
  • SAT or ACT score

Tuition Fee

  • International

    59312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59312 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    53504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53504 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    28750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28750 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boulder

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

  • Students seeking financial aid are required to apply every year using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Undergraduate Student Loans:
  • Subsidized loans are need-based and do not have interest accruing while you are in school or in deferment.
  • Unsubsidized loans may or may not be based on financial need and interest accrues while you are in school or in deferment.
  • Perkins Loan Program – $5.500/year
Graduate Student Loans:
  • Graduate/Professional Students have an annual loan limit of $20,500 and a lifetime loan limit of $138,500.
  • Perkins Loan Program - $8.000

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