Religion

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Religion allows students to study the cultural, political, and spiritual aspects of religion while being exposed to the theological tenets of religious thought and expression. You’ll experience a multidisciplinary approach to religious study from the viewpoints of both participant and critic. The origin, history, beliefs, and practices of the major religions of the world are also examined. Graduates of this online bachelor’s degree are inclined toward professions that include aspects of human services and pastoral assistance.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Religion’s history, roles, and influences of myths and rituals
  • Existentialism, fundamentalism, and sociology
  • American religious history and the Bible
  • Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam
  • Major religious figures such as Jesus and Muhammad
  • African-American religious movements
  • Religious cults
  • Celtic Christianity

Note: This degree program requires you to take SOCI111 as a prerequisite course.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Define the term “religion” and identify religion’s influence throughout society.
  • Identify and summarize the universal and unique forms of religious expression such as sacred places, symbols, ethics, and rituals.
  • Describe the concepts that comprise a religious worldview such as the creation of the world, good and evil, salvation, and the meaning of suffering.
  • Discuss the various political, social, and other forms of religious life that are evident in different societies.
  • Synthesize knowledge of the cultural, social, scientific, and religious aspects of society.
  • Explain the role that faith can play in a balanced worldview.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.