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BA in Religion


Without a doubt, religion remains a powerful cultural force across the globe. Our major in religion offers students the chance to explore and reflect on that force, as students and faculty consider the history, texts, and practices of a variety of world religions. Besides preparing students for a wide range of careers—from law to ministry to non-profit leadership—our courses equip students for life by promoting informed interaction with our diverse world.

At Queens, the religion major fosters a learning community in which students and faculty share a spirit of respectful inquiry across religious traditions. Our Presbyterian heritage stresses “thinking the faith,” which helps us ask hard questions, examine belief systems, and reflect on personal meaning in a setting marked by academic growth and warm encouragement. Students in our major approach the study of religions from a wide range of belief systems; this diversity allows us to listen and learn together in ways that transform our lives.

Evening Programs
A number of courses for the major will be offered only in the day.


Students must complete 33 hours in the Religion major, of which at least 21 hours must be at 300-level or above.

Core courses (required):

RELG205: Intro to Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
RELG206: Intro to New Testament
RELG 210: World Religions
PHIL 203:  Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL/RELG 320:  Philosophy of Religion
RELG 400: Major Thinkers and Issues (senior capstone)

Choose one course from Religious Traditions:

RELG312: First Christians 
RELG323: Renaissance and Reformation
RELG346: Chinese Philosophy and Religion
RELG351: Studies in Religious Traditions of the World

Choose one course from Sacred Scriptures:

RELG306: Prophetic Religion
RELG347: Jesus in Ancient and Modern Media
RELG343: Other People’s Mail: Reading Paul’s Letters
RELG352: Studies in Sacred Scriptures (e.g., Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jesus and Buddha, etc.)

Choose one course from Religion and Society:

RELG325: Environmental Philosophy
RELG344: Christian Ethics
RELG345: Religion in America
RELG348: Problem of Evil

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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