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Academic Program Guide


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA
Limited Access: No

Contact: Jon Bridges
Address: M01 Dodd Hall Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
Phone: (850) 644-1020

Description of Major
The Florida State University Department of Religion is one of the largest university departments of religion in the southeast and has the most extensive graduate program in religious studies in Florida. It is committed to the scholarly investigation of religious phenomena and traditions within the context of a pluralistic culture. The Religion curriculum is divided into four areas of study: Religions of Western Antiquity, History and Ethnography of Religions, American Religious History, and Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy. The department offers a program of honors work in the junior and senior years for religion majors. There is a joint major option available in Religion and Classics, and the department participates in the interdepartmental programs in American Studies, Asian Studies, Humanities, and Women’s Studies.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework: None
However, students are encouraged to complete several courses with the REL prefix during their freshman/sophomore years.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.00 on FSU coursework, and at least half the required hours in General Education, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or an AA degree.


Major Programs of Studies at FSU

Religion Major: (30 hours)
The major in Religion requires a minimum of 30 hours in religion courses. For purposes of the major, Religion courses are divided into the following three distribution areas: Western; Asian or African; and Issues and Approaches. Majors must take at least one course in each of these areas. In addition, at least four courses must be at the 3000/4000 level. Finally, majors must take REL 4044 (Majors Colloquium: “What is Religion”), in addition to one course with a seminar-style format. Courses in which the student receives a grade below C minus will not be counted toward the major. Majors must also complete a minor in another department.

Religion - Classics Joint Major: (45 hours)
A student interested in studying both Religion and Classics may elect the Religion-Classics joint major. A minimum of 18 hours is required in each department. A minor is not required. See Dr. David Levenson (314 Dodd Hall; 644-0212) for specific requirements.

Minor Coursework: Required for Religion but not Religion-Classics.
12 hours from one minor department, 15 hours for an interdisciplinary minor, or requirements as stated by the minor area.

Computer Skills Competency:
CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3), or other university approved course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 30 (Religion) or 45 (Religion-Classics)
Minor Coursework 12 (Religion), 0 (Religion-Classics)
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Competency 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*NOTE: 3 hours (one course) of major coursework may also be used to partially satisfy General Education (Humanities) requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Administrator of a Religious Institution, Anthropologist, Bioethicist, Business Person, Campus Minister, Comparative Literature Scholar, Editor, Historian, Historic Preservationist, Journalist, Lawyer, Linguistic, Literary Scholar, Manager, Museum Curator, Nurse, Pastor/Religious (Brother, Imam, Minister, Monk, Nun, Priest, Rabbi, etc.), Philosopher, Physician, Physical Therapist, Professor, Psychologist, Public Administrator, Researcher, Sales Person, Social Worker, Teacher, Theologian, Translator.

Representative Employers: Colleges, Development Agencies, Cultural Organizations, Government, Hospitals, International Organizations, Museums, Newspapers, Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Businesses and Industry, Public Schools, Publishers, Religious Organizations (Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples, etc.), Religious Institutions (Hospitals, Schools, etc), Schools, Research Institutes, Seminaries, Universities.

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