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Religious Studies and Philosophy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Kansas City, MO, United States
In a global context, the Religious Studies and Philosophy program of Avila University offers students access to some of the most ancient and enduring traditions shaping our contemporary world. 
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A liberal arts education focusing on these disciplines provides an important exposure to cultural diversity, the Religious Studies and Philosophy program of Avila University is a basis for engaged and compassionate social action, and complex critical thinking skills vital for virtually all professional pursuits.

Our integrated major provides professional development for today’s job market as well as a broad exposure to some of the most important aspects of a humanities education.  The program explicitly teaches a number of marketable skills that employers increasingly seek, including critical thinking, analytical writing, cultural understanding and sensitivity, and intellectual initiative. In addition to this, our program is designed to enrich your sense of purpose and commitment to the values of social justice, care for others, and dignity for all. Our integrated major is thus, in many ways, the best of both worlds.

The word “integrated” in the term “integrated major” indicates a mutually-enriching and critical dialogue between two disciplines (Religious Studies and Philosophy) that are central to the liberal arts at a Catholic institution. In keeping with the tradition of such institutions, faith and reason are taken as valued standpoints from which to approach academic work and community life. Thus, the ordering signifies neither hierarchy nor dependency of one discipline upon the other. Rather, students will grapple with problems, themes and questions from shared and distinctive standpoints.


  • Develop a global understanding of relationships among religious beliefs, reasoned inquiry and human values
  • Analyze and evaluate significant philosophies, religious ideas or discourses in order to systematically and critically articulate one’s own spiritual, intellectual and/or ethical commitments.
  • Explore the distinctiveness of rational inquiry as a unique form of human understanding, motivation and justification
  • Investigate historical, socio-cultural and political dimensions of diverse religious traditions and practices
  • Refine your understanding, interpretations and critical perspectives through writing, speaking and collaborative work

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:

  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Catholicism
  • Social & Political Philosophy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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

  • High school grade point averages of 2.5 or above (4.0 scale)
  • ACT score of 20 or above or SAT score of 1020 (CRW+ Math) or above
  • For successful admission to the university, Avila strongly recommends that high school applicants complete 16 units of college preparatory coursework
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • If English is not the first language of your country and you do not have an English Placement Exam for undergrad courses, please pursue an English Language Learner program to prepare yourself for academic courses here at Avila University

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29685 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29685 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    21115 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21115 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kansas City

  • 980 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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