Religious Studies, B.A.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours in Religious Studies at the 200 level or higher; at least 9 credits must be at 300 level or higher (excluding the Senior Seminar, REL 410 )
  • Students must earn a grade of at least C- in all Religious Studies courses required for the major.

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements (MAC)
College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CIC)

Major Requirements

Thinking About Religion
Western Traditions3
Select one of the following:
The Bible in Western Culture
Hebrew Bible
New Testament and the Origins of Christianity
Bible and Black Experience
Elements of Christian Thought
Christianity to the Reformation
Christianity from the Reformation to the Present
The Synagogue
Introduction to African American Religions
Religion in America
Witches, Spirits, and Metaphysicalism in America
Religion and Race in the Americas
Modern Judaism
Spirituality and the 12 Steps
Early Christianity
Christianity in Byzantium
Religions of the Greco-Roman World
Christianity and the Construction of Gender
Topics in Biblical Studies
REL 312
REL 313
Saint and Society in the Early Middle Ages
Major American Religious Thinkers
Contemporary African American Religious Thought
Enslaved Religion
REL 340
REL 341
Topics in Christian Thought
Non-Western Traditions3
Select one of the following:
Chinese Religion
East Asian Religions
Yoga: Theory And Practice
Approaches to the Qur'an
Religion in Traditional Societies
Native American Religions
REL 364
Tibetan and Himalayan Religions
Religion in South Asia: Selected Topics
Religions of Iran: Selected Topics
Cultural and Theoretical Studies3
Select one of the following:
Critical Thinking about Religion, Faith and Spirituality: Selected Topics
Religion, War, and Peace
Politics and Religion
REL 241
REL 242
Comparative Religious Ethics
Video Games and the Problem of Evil
Religion and Public Health
Religious Traditions and Care of the Earth
Topics in Religious Social Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
Islam and the Construction of Gender
Religious Movements and Communities: Selected Topics
Philosophical Issues in Religion
Religion and Psychology
American Cults
The Religious Discourse of Civil Rights
Topics in Islam: Islamic Thought, Culture, and History
Religion and Popular Culture: Selected Topics
Topics in Religious Studies
Select four additional electives in Religious Studies above the 100 level
Senior Seminar3
Senior Seminar

Optional Concentration

The optional concentration as detailed following the major requirements may be added, but is not required. 

  • Nonprofit Management


Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for degree.

Nonprofit Management Concentration Requirements

The Nonprofit Sector and Governance
Internship in Religious Studies
And a Religious Studies course to be approved by the head of the department
Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Skills Courses3
Choose 3 of the 1 credit skills courses below
Topics in Public Affairs: Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Agencies
Topics in Public Affairs: Strategic Planning
Topics in Public Affairs: Grant Writing
Topics in Public Affairs: Nonprofit Law
Topics in Public Affairs: Volunteer Management

 Religion and Popular Culture Concentration

Core Requirement3
Religion and Popular Culture: Selected Topics
Select 9 credits from the list below:
Islam and Popular Culture: Ms. Marvel, Movies, and Hip-Hop Hijabis
Religion and Popular Culture
Introduction to the Cultural Study of Videogaming
Witches, Spirits, and Metaphysicalism in America
Video Games and the Problem of Evil
Fandom and Religion: Rituals, Texts, Communities
Digital Religion
Religion and Media
Religion and Media: Selected Topics
Videogaming and Death

Disciplinary Honors in Religious Studies


  • A minimum of 12 credit hours as defined below.
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
Senior Honors Project
6 credits of Honors course work in the major6
3 credits of Honors course work in the major or another area3


Receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in Religious Studies; have that accomplishment, along with the title of the Senior Honors Project, noted on the official transcript; and be recognized at a banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Honors Advisor

See Ashlee Andrews at for further information and guidance about Honors in Religious Studies. To apply: