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Religious Studies, BA




COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

Religious studies is an interdisciplinary major that draws on courses from multiple departments to give students a broad understanding of the historical, cultural and philosophical principles of the world's religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Classical Greek and Roman religions, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, African and Native-American religions. These diverse belief systems are studied not just for their influence over past generations but also to better understand their role in modern issues.

Religious Studies is not just for students planning to go on to become a priest, rabbi or minister. The program provides excellent preparation for all careers that require critical thinking, logic, analysis and writing skills. Because of the breadth of the subject matter, students graduate with a global perspective, an appreciation for different viewpoints and substantive knowledge about ethics and core belief systems of the past and present.

UWM students in Religious Studies take courses in history, anthropology, philosophy, political science, classics, art history, literature, and more. Many students also complement their major with studies in the foreign language since many religions have traditions and foundations in another language.

Students will also find a very active student organization - the Religious Studies Student Organization. The group brings in speakers and engages with the local community on scholarly topics of interest.

Double Major

It often is possible to complete a double major in Religious Studies and another subject. This is the case particularly when a student already has undertaken the major in the other field but has credits in religion courses as well. The student often can take courses that count for both Religious Studies and the other major. Interested students should consult with the Program Director.

Honors in the College of Letters and Science

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,474.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2023

Start date

23 January 2023


College of Letters and Science

2442 E Hartford Avenue,



53211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduation (or the equivalent) is required for admission.

For international students

Students who are graduating high school seniors or high school graduates (or equivalent) who haven’t previously attended a college or university.

TOEFL IBT: 79 or higher

TOEFL PBT: 548 or higher

IELTS/IELTS Indicator: 6.5 or higher

Duolingo: 120 or higher

PTEA: 56 or higher

IB: 5 in HL English

British A-level: C or Better

Fall (September) Semester Applications: March 1

Spring (January) Semester Applications: August 1

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


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