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A Deeper Look: Why Religious Studies

Do you have questions about the nature of reality? Are you curious about culture, history, philosophy and society?

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The newly developed bachelor of arts in religious studies at Texas State University is designed for the inquisitive student who wants to develop a broad knowledge of religion and an understanding of historical civilizations and contemporary societies, all while developing critical skills that can prove to be pivotal in a wide variety of industries and careers. Learn from internationally recognized faculty, create a portfolio, and develop essential skills that translate to enhanced job market opportunities.

This degree program requires 30 hours of major course work with at least 21 hours of course work in REL courses, and at least 18 of the 30 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Why Study Religion?

The reasons for studying religion are as varied and unique as the number of religious systems in the world:

  • a desire to answer the fundamental questions of life and being
  • a desire to know yourself and others better
  • a desire to understand varying cultures
  • a desire to enhance your knowledge and skill set


“Our curriculum balances rigor and flexibility, so we can support a variety of specific interests and career paths for our students.”


— Dr. Rebecca Raphael, Professor and Academic Program Coordinator


Job Prospects

As the Texas population continues to grow, the demand for qualified professionals with training in religious studies is expected to increase correspondingly.

  • Projected 7-8% job growth rate nationally between 2016 – 2026. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Projected 15-16% job growth rate in Texas between 2016-2026. (Texas Workforce Commission)
  • Over 3,000 new positions in Texas are expected to open between 2016-2026. (Texas Workforce Commission)


Jobs available to graduates include but are not limited to:

  • clergy
  • writer
  • teacher
  • youth advocate
  • professor
  • attorney
  • religious activities programmer
  • public relations
  • human resources
  • administrator
  • social worker
  • counselor