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Religion Studies BA Degree

Explore Origins and Expressions of Diverse Faiths

The bachelor of art (BA) in religion studies program from The University of Texas at Tyler is excellent preparation for master’s studies, law school, seminary or other religious service. A new major at UT Tyler, the religion studies program offers courses across a broad range of disciplines including religion, philosophy, anthropology, art, history and speech.

  • Earn an interdisciplinary degree that provides a secular study of religion, religious practice, beliefs, history and culture.
  • Understand the role religion plays in politics, media, economics, science and other areas of life.

Bachelor’s in Religion Studies: Expansive Curriculum. International Focus.

  • Study religions as diverse as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Shintoism and Buddhism using the tools of academic fields such as philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, music and art.
  • Explore the role of ritual in religious belief and gain a better understanding of the paradoxical nature of religion.
  • Develop exceptional research skills while comparing and contrasting various belief systems and their impact on our world.

Religion Studies Faculty: Multi-Disciplined. Student-Centered.

  • Learn from widely respected professors, including a Fulbright Scholar and other professors recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, The Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award (UT Tyler) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Be mentored by faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields and who regularly present their research findings at professional conferences such as the Texas Academy of Sciences, Seventh Annual Archaeological Symposium, and The 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies.
  • Benefit from attending small classes that encourage active student participation and ensure one-on-one interaction with your professors.

Religion Studies Courses: Expansive. Eclectic.

Early Christian and Byzantine Art – Study early Christian and Byzantine art from the fourth to the 12th centuries.

Reformation Europe – Explore the history of Europe in the 16th century. Special emphasis is given to the rise and spread of Protestantism and the Catholic Reformation.

Cultural Anthropology ­– Undertake cultural anthropology studies that use both humanistic and scientific approaches to give students a holistic, comparative perspective on the human condition. Study the nature, principles and comparative topics of culture such as subsistence, family, language, religion and art. Visual examples are drawn from many cultures, offering students an opportunity to appreciate both the complex cultural diversity and everyday traits of the world. The application of anthropological knowledge to contemporary problems will be discussed, as well.

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Career Outlook for Philosophy and Religion Educators

A bachelor’s degree in religion studies from The University of Texas at Tyler is excellent preparation for graduate school, and a good first step toward a career goal of teaching philosophy or religion at the junior college or college level. Religion studies build on analytical thinking and research skills, which are highly valued across many fields, including law and politics. This major is also good preparation for entry into the ministry or other religious service, which may require only a bachelor’s degree.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job prospects for postsecondary teachers are expected to grow at a rate of 19% through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. For more, go to Occupational Outlook Handbook - Postsecondary Teachers.

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