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What will I learn?

Butler’s Religion courses enable students to analyze seven major, living religions of the world through a study of their origins, historical development, literature, principal tenets, and practices. Students are introduced to the sacred writing of these religions and the relationship of these religions to the social and geographical environments from which they emerged. The aim of these courses is the growth of personal and human understanding, the improvement of cross-cultural awareness, and the development of a global perspective.

By analyzing religious texts, you will gain an understanding of specific religious customs, values and beliefs. When you study religion, you examine how specific cultural aspects have shaped humanity’s quest for meaning. A culture’s spiritual beliefs and traditions hold the key to that cultures worldview.

Studying religion at Butler increases your ability to thrive in a global environment. Religion courses, taken with a diverse group of students, also help you relate to your neighbors and co-workers. Along with examining the significant questions that have been posed throughout the ages, you will learn analytical and communication skills.

The intersections of religion and culture are many. By studying religion, you will be better equipped to interact with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, analyze different cultural practices, and critically evaluate the various aspects of your own culture.

To earn a major in religion, you must complete nine hours of religion courses. In addition, when you major in religion at Butler, you have the opportunity to expand your breadth of understanding by taking a course from our philosophy department.

Which department am I in?

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (61-65 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$5,328.00 per year
USD $222 per credit hour
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Venue

McConnell Campus

EL DORADO,

Kansas,

67042, United States

Full Time (61-65 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$5,328.00 per year
USD $222 per credit hour
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Venue

Andover Campus

715 E. 13th Street,

ANDOVER,

Kansas,

67002, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International students must have graduated from the equivalent of a U.S. high school (12 years of education).

For international students

International students must have graduated from the equivalent of a U.S. high school (12 years of education). If English is not an official language of your country or your English grade is below a “C” average, you will need to submit a document to meet our English proficiency requirement. This can be done through one of the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 500 or above on the written test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the internet test is required. The TOEFL institutional code for Butler is 6191.
  • Completion of the Advanced II level or higher at Wichita State University’s Intensive English Language Center. Students must have grades of C or better in all classes.
  • Academic credit of 12 hours or more from a U.S college or university or one year from a U.S. high school with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • The IELTS International English Language Testing System test is also acceptable as an alternative to TOEFL. An overall score of 5.0 is required for admission.
  • A minimum Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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