Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

General Education Requirements
The student must complete the General Education Requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences.9
Major Requirements
Select one of the following 100-level courses:1
Introduction to Biblical Literature
Religions of the East
Introduction to Judaism
Christian Thought and Doctrine
Sacred Traditions of the World
One 200-level RELS course1
Select one 300- or 400-level biblical studies course from the following: 1
Hebrew Festival Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Prophets of Social Justice
The Gospels
Life and Letters of Paul
Envisioning the Psalms
Select one 300- or 400-level course in a non-Western religious tradition from the following:1
Islam: Religion of the Prophet
Asian Philosophy
Buddhism: The Middle Way
Religion and Violence in Asia
The Religion and Culture of Hinduism
Spiritualities East and West
Select one 300- or 400-level course in theology/ethics/religious history from the following: 1
American Christian Experience
Shapers of Christian Thought
Varieties of American Religion
The Idea of the Devil
Nature, the Sacred, and Ethics
The Ethics of Mortality
Three units of RELS electives, of which at least one must be a 300- or 400-level one-unit course. No more than one unit total may come from a combination of pass/fail travel courses, teaching apprenticeships (RELS 395), or internships (RELS 397).3
Complete the following four courses:2
Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
Department Colloquium
Department Colloquium
Senior Project
General Electives13
Total Units32

All students in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet General Education requirements in addition to specific requirements within the major area of study.

Each student must complete at least four writing or writing enhanced (WE) courses to complete the University Writing Requirement. At least two of these courses must be from General Education. Based upon Admissions application information, students may be placed in ENGL 100ENGL 100 may be used to count toward the Writing requirement.

A single course may not be used to meet more than one of the General Education requirements, but a single course may count toward a General Education requirement and the student’s major requirements. Students should check with their advisor regarding the eligibility of transfer credits to meet General Education requirements after students have enrolled at Stetson. A key component of a liberal education is to learn about the modes of inquiry from a diverse set of disciplines, so no more than 3 courses used to meet General Education requirements may come from a single department and at least 16 of the 32 units required for graduation must come from departments outside the department of the major.

For many majors, certain courses outside the major field of study are required. These courses are called “collateral requirements.”

A student majoring in Education may count among the 32 units as many in the major as are required for completion of an approved program for teacher certification by the State of Florida.

Foundations 1
Writing Requirement
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
Quantitative Reasoning (any Q course)1
Junior Seminar1
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World5
Select five of the following: 2
Creative Arts (any A course, or 4 - MUSC, MUSA or MUSE credit courses) 3
Culture and Belief (any B course)
Historical Inquiry (any H course)
Individuals, Societies, and Social Systems (any S course)
Modern Languages (any L course)
Physical and Natural World (any P course)
Personal and Social Responsibility
Select any 'Stetson Values (V)' course, excluding JSEM1
Total Units9

 Cultural Events/Campus Engagement

In addition to completing 32 course units, students join Stetson's intellectual and creative life outside the classroom by participating in at least 3 approved cultural events for each semester of enrollment at Stetson.  These events include lectures by distinguished visitors, musical performances, plays, and art shows.


Foundation courses may not be taken pass/fail.


1 unit each from 5 out of the 6 areas.


Course(s) must equal 1 unit.