Jul 15, 2024  
2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religious Studies, B.A.

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.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Religious Studies, B.A., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

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)

Select one

Critique: Disciplinary Approaches (3 hours)

Select one

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)


  • To make 120 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.


Subtotal: 32 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours


  • 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

Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 28 Hours