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Religion, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #71 (BCR) Atlanta, GA, United States
The study of religion is among the oldest pursuits in human intellectual history. The University provides an important context for stepping back from particular religions in order to study aspects of religion comparatively and thematically across traditions, e.g., religion in public life, religion and gender, religion and culture.
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Our majors and minors include students seeking careers in medicine and the sciences as well as those whose interests lie more in the humanities and the liberal arts. Some scholars used to assume that science and technology would eventually displace traditional religious world views. It now seems clear that public and private religious expression is as much a part of modernity as commitment to both. Consequently, the need for scholarly understanding of religion as a social and intellectual force in the world today is proving to be just as important as the need to conduct research on politics, science, technology, art, and philosophy. While in our view the study of religion should always be central to the liberal arts curriculum, we see such study as especially urgent in the aftermath of 9/11. The role of religions in global politics has never been more complex, and one of our most important scholarly obligations is to attend to those dynamics.

Whether you are looking for courses that delve into your own religious heritage, or want to learn more about religions other than your own, or want to explore religious themes and practices in the past or present, the Department of Religion in Emory College has assembled one of the top faculties in the country to serve your needs and interests. Along with other humanities disciplines, Religion is recognized as an excellent major for students seeking a solid undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Students majoring in related disciplines, such as Philosophy, History, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science, may find select courses in Religion, or even a minor in Religion, useful to their academic and professional pursuits. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction To Religion
  • Introduction to Sacred Texts
  • Western Religious Traditions
  • Asian Religious Traditions
  • Interpreting Religion
  • Archaeology And The Bible
  • Early And Medieval Hinduism
  • Early & Medieval Christianity
  • Religion & Sexuality
  • Psychology Of Religion

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

To complete your admission file, we require:

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • A $75 application fee or application fee waiver
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Official scores from the SAT and/or the ACT; if English is your second language, it is highly recommended that you submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS
  • Secondary school report/counselor’s recommendation
  • Two teacher letters of recommendation
  • Mid-year report (due January 25 for Early Decision II applicants; February 15 for Regular Decision applicants)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48690 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48690 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48690 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48690 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Atlanta

  • 1213 - 2210 USD/month
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