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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

World Religions Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA5215

College of Arts and Sciences  
Classics and Religious Studies  
Ellis 201B
Phone: 740.597.2100

Loren Lybarger, contact person

Program Overview

Religious texts, beliefs, and practices are central to being human, as is conflict over religion. World religions majors acquire both a theoretical knowledge of the components and dynamics of religions and a specific knowledge of religious ideas and pratices. Our courses cover Judaism, early Christianity, Greek and Roman religions, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Each student chooses an area of specialization, and learns a foreign language connected with that specialization. Students in the world religions major have also majored in English, history, and sociology. World religions majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher can complete a departmental honors thesis in one or two terms for 3-6 credit hours in addition to the regular requirements for the major. Preapproved application and interview required.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The demand for people knowledgeable in the religions of this increasingly smaller globe is growing, and the United States is also becoming increasingly diverse religiously. Expertise in the study of a number of religious traditions benefits students preparing for careers in journalism, politics, and business. It can also be part of one’s preparation for leadership in religious communities. Often pre-professionals are encouraged to pursue a broad liberal arts education in which world religions may be a significant component. Courses in world religions are also of interest to many graduate programs. Our graduates have gone on to further study in religious studies and theology graduate programs.  Outside academia, World Religions graduates have gone on to work abroad in the Peace Corps and for NGOs; others have become counselors and therapists; others have entered into business careers and work in government.

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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Religious Studies Core Courses

Complete 35 semester credit hours of classics and religious studies coursework, including all the requirements below.

Biblical Studies

Complete one of the following courses:

Major Traditions

Complete two of the following courses:


Complete one of the following courses:

Religious Studies Electives

Complete 21 hours from any CARS, CLAR, CLAS, and CLWR courses (not CLAS 2110 or CLWR 4931H).

Colloquium in Classics and Religious Studies

Complete 2 hours of CLAS 3800.

Senior Honors Thesis

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the option of researching and writing a senior honors thesis.

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