Courses & Requirements

Religious Studies Major (BA)

A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of Core Curriculum (24  credits) and at least one major (36–60 credits), as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies is a  37-credit major in which students explore religion in a variety of ways, with an emphasis on contemplative practices and traditions. Course offerings include African, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sufi traditions. Students have the opportunity to develop inner resources to meet life's challenges, and interreligious dialog skills to relate to diverse traditions and beliefs. All students must take a series of 12 credits that introduce the study of religion and contemplative practice. Students also choose 9 credits from Religious Traditions courses, which serve as introductory studies of major world religions, 6 credits from Contemporary Issues in Religion courses, and 9 credits from Contemplative Practice courses.

Departmental Policies

Please consult with your academic advisor to plan your schedule in the program. For additional policies, please see the Religious Studies Student Handbook on MyNaropa. Undergraduate students may petition to take MA courses in Buddhism in their junior or senior year with permission of the instructor.

Religious Studies Major Requirements

Required Courses

Gateway: Choose 6 credits


Religious Traditions Courses: Choose 9 credits

Contemporary Issues in Religion Courses:

Choose 6 credits

Contemplative Practice Courses: Choose 9 credits



Total Credits: 37


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