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Religious Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Bend, IN, United States
Explore big questions about life, death, love, sin, freedom, grace, peace, justice, God, and the human community. Learn and live your own religious traditions while understanding and exploring the overall study of religion and theology. Religious Studies delivered by Saint Mary's College complements other majors, enhancing your knowledge and broadening your career options.
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While Christianity, and specifically the Catholic tradition, is the focus of the program, it isn't simply reading or studying the Bible. Courses explore the religious dimensions of life and cultivate the skills and methods necessary to the study of religion and theology. Whether it's faith in action, religion and politics, religion and literature, or understanding and exploring the afterlife, you are encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussions. The Religious Studies program is offered at Saint Mary's College.

Take your learning to the next level through supervised ministry, or get involved in the local community teaching religion. Study abroad in the Greece Summer Study Program and immerse yourself in the Greco-Roman world of the first urban Christians converted by Paul the Apostle.

Career Opportunities

It is easy to pair the Religious Studies major with many other majors at Saint Mary’s including business, communication studies, history, sociology, and more. As a religious studies major, you will be equipped to choose a variety of career paths in the church and beyond.

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: 

  • Experiencing God 
  • Reading the Hebrew Bible in Jewish and Christian Terms 
  • Christian Holiness 
  • Introduction to the New Testament 
  • Christian Moral Life 
  • Contemporary Moral Life 
  • Faith in Action

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.

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General Requirements

  • academic accomplishments as evidenced by rigor of coursework, grades, grade trends
  • self-reported SAT or ACT scores (unless you plan to apply Test Optional). We'll accept your self-reported scores off the application for admission and scholarship consideration, but in order for you to ultimately enroll at Saint Mary's, you will be required to submit your official test scores. So, report them accurately!
  • extracurricular activities
  • community service and leadership experience
  • personal essay
  • recommendations from counselors, teachers, coaches and other personal acquaintances

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

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