Religion shapes the way people interpret the world and their place in it. It conditions how they feel and what they imagine to be possible and informs the way they relate to others.
Because religions and religious ideas are connected to every aspect of modern life and culture, the major is designed to allow students to tailor it to fit their personal and academic goals or interests.
The major in religious studies enables students to develop the critical skills and strengths to thrive in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.
Students in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Students majoring in religious studies earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
The program of study for the major includes two core courses and 24 s.h. of elective courses. Students are encouraged to work with their adviser to choose the electives that best fit their particular academic or career goals.
In addition to course work required for the major, students must complete the general education requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.
Some of the languages taught at the university are particularly useful in religious studies: Greek, Latin, some modern European languages, Japanese, Chinese, and Sanskrit.
See Religious Studies in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the major or minor and graduating with honors.