Degrees in Religious Studies

B.A. Undergraduate students may effectively major in Religious Studies by selecting a B.A. in Liberal Arts and choosing the Religious Studies concentration. Contact Stuart Irvine (sirvine@lsu.edu).

M.A.L.A. Graduate students may effectively obtain a master's degree in Religious Studies by selecting the M.A. in Liberal Arts and choosing to concentrate in Religious Studies. Contact Michael Pasquier (mpasquier@lsu.edu).

Located at the largest public university in Louisiana, the Religious Studies program at LSU is non-confessional and focuses on the study of religion as an academic discipline. As a field within the humanities, the study of religion seeks to investigate this significant and universal expression of the human experience, whether in major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) or in smaller, indigenous traditions. Courses in Religious Studies bring together perspectives and approaches from a variety of disciplines (for instance, history, philosophy, literature, and anthropology) in order to allow students to explore fully and to appreciate better this multidimensional component of human life. Our small student-to-faculty ratio permits students to work closely with faculty members to design their course of study.

 

 Our major requires the completion of 27 total hours:

Two of the following courses: REL 1000 Religions of the World; REL 2000 Introduction to the Study of Religion; REL 2027 (or 2031) Asian Religions; REL 2029 (or 2030) Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 

REL 4301: Theories of Religion

REL xxxx: elective at any level
REL xxxx: elective at any level

REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)

REL 4xxx: 4000-level elective

Our minor requires the completion of 15 total hours:

REL 2027 (or 2031) Asian Religions
REL 2029 (or 2030): Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

REL xxxx: elective at any level
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)

*NOTE: Students entering LSU prior to the 2012-13 academic year fall under a different set of requirements, including distribution areas for the elective courses. Please contact Stuart Irvine (sirvine@lsu.edu) for more information.