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World Religions Major (B.A.)

  • Courses across Judaism, early Christianity, Greek and Roman religions, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism
  • Preparation for careers in journalism, politics, business and non-profits
  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Department honors thesis option

Major code BA5215

Contact: Dr. James Andrews

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Sample 4-Year Program

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

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 practices.

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 also have 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.

Careers and Graduate School

The demand for people knowledgeable in the religions of this increasingly smaller globe is growing, and the United States also is 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 at Ohio University. Our graduates have gone on to work for the Peace Corps, become counselors and therapists, study in religious studies graduate programs, enter into business careers and work in government.

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.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

World Religions Core Courses

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

Biblical Studies

Complete one of the following courses:

  • CLWR 3310 - Old Testament Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 3320 - New Testament Credit Hours: 3.0
Major Traditions

Complete two of the following courses:

  • CLWR 3330 - Introduction to Islam Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 3340 - Hinduism Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 3350 - Buddhism Credit Hours: 3.0
Theory

Complete one of the following courses:

  • CLWR 3360 - Theories of Religion Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 4410 - Contemporary Religious Thought Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 4810 - Myth, Ritual and Symbolism Credit Hours: 3.0

World Religions Electives

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

Colloquium in Classics and World Religions

Complete 2 hours of CLAS 3800.

  • CLAS 3800 - Colloquium in Classics and World Religions Credit Hours: 1.0

Language Requirements

Complete two years of a language relevant to your area of interest in consultation with your advisor. Such languages would include Arabic, Greek, Hindi/Urdu, Indonesian and Latin.

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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