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Religious Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
In this Religious Studies major from Nazareth College, you will join a community of scholars passionate about the connections between the academic study of religion and what it means to engage the challenges and opportunities of living in the 21st century. 
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Why Choose the Religious Studies major from Nazareth College?

Understanding the power of religion in human history and culture. Comparing religions to appreciate both their similarities and differences. Arriving at an intelligent, compassionate spirituality of your own—these are just a few of the themes we explore in the religious studies degree program.

Our approach is interdisciplinary by nature and in practice, setting the stage for you to draw on the perspectives of history, literature, and philosophy, health care and business management, theology, natural and social sciences, and the fine arts, to name a few. 

You will pursue questions of meaning and purpose asked by humanity across every culture and each time period as you discover the common themes of religions and make sense of their enlivening differences.  And as part of this intellectually challenging journey, you may find yourself participating with students from multiple religious traditions in national leadership programs. 

As our students and alumni can attest, there is no limit to the ways in which the academic study of religion can significantly contribute to your professional life—from education and physical therapy to business and law to public administration and pastoral ministry, among many others. 

Program Highlights

  • Graduates pursue a wide a variety of careers including law, education, social work, business, ministry, and counseling.
  • Our department partners with The Hickey Center for Interfaith Study and Dialogue, The Center for International Education, the Asian Studies minor, and The Shannon Chair for Catholic Studies.
  • Close-knit community of scholars; small classes; opportunities for short-term study abroad programs with department faculty members.
  • Multicultural and interfaith context for the study of religion through Nazareth's First Year Program, service-learning partnerships, community service, and civic engagement.
  • Professional development in a liberal arts context through individually designed internships to prepare for  graduate studies and/or professional careers.
  • Religious studies majors may choose to double major or minor in related areas of study and professional expertise.
  • Study abroad options: Choose to study abroad in one of the many options offered by the Center for International Education.

Example Careers

  • Chaplaincy
  • Education
  • Interfaith relations
  • International business
  • Law and conflict resolution
  • Public and social service

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 include:

  • Hinduism Practiced: Yoga, Devotion and Emotion 
  • Judaism From Abraham to Afterlife
  • Religions of China
  • Buddhism 
  • Christianity Past and Present 
  • Islam & Global Issues 
  • Women and Goddesses in India 
  • World Catholicism: Pope Francis, the Church and the World

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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General Requirements

  • Apply: This includes submitting a sample of your writing (up to two pages in length; may be a graded academic paper).
  • Transcript/academic records: Contact an international credential evaluation service verified by NACES (required) to have your transcript/academic records sent from your school or university to Nazareth. Minimum grade point average (GPA): 2.75
  • Provide your English language test scores: Provide an official copy of your TOEFL/IELTS exam results.
  • Optional: Official SAT or ACT exam results. (Required for nursing.)
  • Recommendations: 1-3 letters of recommendation from teachers or advisors (in English).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33836 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33836 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33836 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33836 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

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