Major in Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies offers a bachelor of arts (BA) in the study of religion.

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Course of Study

The major follows a flexible course of study that draws upon the specialties of the faculty and allows for cross-disciplinary work across campus.

Curriculum and Required Courses

Find details about our degree program, including required courses, in the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

View a list of recent and upcoming REL courses in our course directory

The University requires all students — regardless of their major — to take a broad variety of courses as part of their degree. For information on Core Curriculum/General Studies requirements, visit the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

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.

REL Honors

As of fall 2016, an Honors option in REL has been implemented.


The department’s undergraduate advisor is Dr. Richard Newton, 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. 

Please consult the Advising page for detailed information about advising in this department.

More Information

For more information about the undergraduate major, contact Dr. Richard Newton, undergraduate director, at