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Religious Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Religious Studies offered by Connecticut College will teach you to understand religion from historical, social, cultural and applied perspectives, in courses such as religion and public life, religious responses to the environment, Islam in the U.S., and religion and popular culture. Religious Studies is thoroughly interdisciplinary. This means you will develop analytic and critical skills as you study religion, forms of secularism, and religious phenomena through the key human conditions of race, gender, sexuality and class.

Student and faculty engagement

You have abundant opportunities to work closely with faculty in Religious Studies. Students learn about research in the field through paid research opportunities with faculty. Many of our students study away during their third year to further develop research skills. Religious Studies students have the opportunity to undertake independent studies with our faculty. Topics for independent studies have included: Islam and Secularism, religion and contemporary media; indigenous responses to Christian missions; religion and popular culture, and; memory and trauma. Advanced students in the major can serve as teaching interns in courses such as “Islam and the U.S.” and “Religion and Public Life.” Additionally, the Religious Studies Student Advisory Board plans public events throughout the year on pressing issues such as global expressions of Islam, and religion and food.

Religion in the world

The study of religion moves fluidly between the classroom and the world at large. You can pursue the study of religion in conjunction with international relations, economics, the arts, law and politics.  Some students have focused on social justice action, environmental issues, and the role of religion in secular societies. Our department regularly partners with the College’s interdisciplinary centers, including the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy and the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE).

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Holy Books: The Western Scriptural Tradition
  • Religion And The Spirit Of Politics 
  • Cults And Conversions In Modern America
  • Islam in the United States

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • School report: includes (1) college counselor recommendation, (2) official secondary school transcript with first term (quarter or trimester) grades for the current academic year and (3) mid-year report with updated grades as soon as they are available
  • Two academic teacher recommendations (preferably from junior or senior year)
  • Common Application Early Decision Agreement Form for EDI & EDII applicants (signed by ED applicant, college counselor and parent or legal guardian) submitted via your Common Application account
  • If English is not your native language: the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE is required.
  • All non-US citizens must submit a Certification of Finances for International Students (pdf)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    75315 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 75315 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    75315 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 75315 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New London

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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