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Religious Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
The field of religious studies explores religious beliefs, behaviors and institutions across cultures. It is a journey through the liberal arts that combines the study of philosophy, literature, history, sociology and fine arts. The Religious Studies bachelor program is offered by Manhattan College.
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Religion is a vital force in the human experience. It is exciting and energetic, powerful and persistent. Through the scope of religion, we examine human beings in their most intimate and challenging moments.

At Manhattan College, Religious Studies is built into the core curriculum. Every student, regardless of school or major, takes three religious studies courses, starting with The Nature and Experience of Religion. Typically, in your second year, you take a course focused on Catholicism, and in your third or fourth year, a religious studies course that focuses on global studies or contemporary issues. 

The study of religion is crucial because it help us:

  • Ask big questions and develop a critical depth of understanding of the world, humanity and ourselves
  • Understand the past and the present for the sake of the future
  • Foster empathetic engagement with the religious diversity of our world
  • Become engaged and globally literate citizens

As a religious studies major, you will learn to:

  • Understand and appreciate the world's diverse religious traditions
  • Read and interpret literature
  • Look at developments over time
  • Examine how religion functions in society and impacts social thought
  • Interpret the messages that human beings communicate to one another
  • Be a critical thinker
  • Communicate effectively with diverse groups of people

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The Nature and Experience of Religion
  • Nature & Experience of Religion-FYS
  • The Nature and Experience of Religion: Veterans' Stress Reduction Program.
  • Special Topic: in Religion
  • U.S. Latino/A Catholicism
  • Religion and Social Justice
  • Urban America and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Understanding the Bible
  • Central Themes New Testament
  •  Catholic Traditions of Spain

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 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

  • 1. Official High School Transcript
  • 2. SAT and/or ACT Scores: Critical reading and math sections of the SAT are reviewed during the admissions process.
  • 3. Recommendation Letter: One letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor is required. You may submit up to three academic letters. 
  • 4. Personal Essay: You must submit a brief personal statement or college essay. This essay should be roughly 500 words.
  • 5. $75 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • 6.International students whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency by submitting official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 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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