Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand, program coordinator
The academic study of religion at MTSU is part of the human sciences and contributes to the wider study of global cultures and international affairs, as well as personal and collective identities. A descriptive, interpretive, comparative, and historical field, its coursework prepares students to become well-informed, independent, and creative thinkers equipped with the methods and theories necessary to study religious phenomena in a systematic way, to synthesize findings, and to analyze critically what one finds. As such, a major in Religious Studies provides students with an invaluable foundation for a wide range of careers in which reading, writing, understanding, and analysis are essential. Coursework in Religious Studies offers preparation for occupations in a variety of fields, including education, research, religious ministry, counseling, human resources, and marketing. In addition to developing critical thinking skills, religious literacy helps prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society and workforce, from jobs as wide-ranging as international business leader to elementary school teacher.
General Education (41 hours)
General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Science categories.
Major Requirements (30 hours)
Description: Terms and Concepts (3 hours)
Analysis: Cultural Areas and Traditions (3 hours)
Critique: Disciplinary Approaches (3 hours)
Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)
Students must complete 2010 and 2020 or any 6 hours above the 2000 level in a foreign language or otherwise demonstrate competency in a foreign language.
Minor (15-18 credit hours)
Total hours in program: 120
Curriculum: Religious Studies, B.A.
Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
- Critique: Disciplinary Approaches elective 3 credit hours
- RS electives 6 credit hours
- Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
- Minor electives 9 credit hours
- General electives 9 credit hours