Religion in

B.A. Programs

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Important News for Out-of-State Students

Residents of Delaware and Mississippi can pursue their undergraduate major in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, paying in-state fees. To learn more information about this, click here.

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The Department of Religious Studies is an undergraduate Department offering three B.A. degrees: a undergraduate major in Religious Studies; a minor in Religious Studies; and a minor in Judaic Studies.


New Curriculum

As for Fall 2013, REL majors and minors have a new Tracks curriculum that emphasizes specialties of the faculty and allows for cross-disciplinary work across campus. Learn more about it here.


Honors Track

As of Fall 2016 a new Honors track in REL has been implemented; check here for more information.



The Department's Undergraduate Advisor is Prof. Ted Trost, who schedules advising sessions with all first majors prior to each registration period in the Fall and Spring semesters. (Second majors and all minors are recommended to make appointments as well.) He also sends out a letter during this time to ensure students are aware of new course developments within the Department. (Past letters are available on the Advising page). Prof. Trost is also available to all majors and minors, throughout the semester, to schedule a meeting to check on their degree requirements, to decide on requests for course substitutions, or to assist them to prepare for their graduation.

Please consult the Advising page for further information.


Student Privacy

Since 1974, US federal law (known as FERPA) has precluded teachers from discussing a student's performance in class and academic record with anyone but the student him or herself (this right takes effect at the age of 18 or when attending school after high school). Some incoming students at the University of Alabama agree to waive this right to privacy so that parents or guardians have access to their academic record (such as viewing their midterm and final grades).

Until a Professor has confirmed that the student has indeed waived this right, they will not discuss a student's performance with anyone but the student.


Undergraduate Course Catalogs

For details on our degree programs, see the following online course catalog:

2016-17 Catalog

Note: the REL curriculum recently changed, for students who declared their major or minor in 20014-15 or later; learn more here.

University Core Curriculum

The University requires all students--regardless of their major--to take a broad variety of courses as part of their degree. For more information on Core Curriculum/General Studies requirements, visit the Registrar's website.

Note: The Department aims for the above degree resources to be current and accurate, but because of periodic changes in these requirements, we recommend that students not rely exclusively on such resources but also speak with their advisors regarding degree requirements.

Thinking about becoming an REL major? Perhaps a double major? Then read an article on the academic study of religion written by one of our recent graduates who also majored in journalism. or see what another recent graduate thinks about popular misconceptions of the field.

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