BA in Religious Studies
Siena Heights University
USD 28,000 / per year
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The Religious Studies Program at Siena Heights University challenges students to engage in the academic study of religion, construct an ethical worldview informed by faith, strengthen their understanding of God, and hone tools and skills for lifelong spiritual development.
A degree in Religious Studies prepares a student for a wide variety of post-graduate directions, including graduate studies toward careers in academia, parish work, religious education, journalism, and more.
The Religious Studies program at Siena Heights University attracts students for a number of reasons:
- Some are on fire with their faith and desire to learn more about it.
- Some want to serve people in their faith communities as youth ministers, teachers, or pastoral counselors.
- Some students have questions about what they were taught as children and want to re-examine those teachings as adults to see if they make sense.
- Some students intend to go on for seminary study or graduate school, while other students are simply seekers, intrigued by questions of ultimate meaning and purpose. (Is that all there is?)
- A number of students major in another field (psychology, business, social work, information technology) and choose to minor in Religious Studies for personal enrichment or in preparation for service in the community.
- Two of the three full-time faculty have received the Eileen K. Rice Outstanding Teacher Award.
- Religious Studies majors and minors gather several times a year for faith-sharing, meals, and discussions with people with a Religious Studies degree about the sorts of careers they’ve had and how they are using that degree today.
- The program is enriched by the diversity of students’ religious traditions, cultures, and reasons for joining the program.
Scholarships and Funding
Did you know that approximately 90 percent of undergraduate students on the Adrian campus receive some form of financial assistance? Our admissions counselors and financial aid experts are committed to helping you find the best financial solutions for your education. Siena offers a wide range of opportunities that may be right for you, including:
- Academic scholarships
- Arts scholarships
- Athletic scholarships
- Campus Ministry scholarships
- Work-study programs
- Federal loans
Your university financial aid package may include some or all of the above, resulting in a customized plan that makes Siena Heights University affordable for your family.
Concentrations And Minor Options
Students who major in Religious Studies can choose from three areas of concentration:
- Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on ministry: Students selecting this concentration within the major will be encouraged to complement their religious studies education with courses from other disciplines that will help them with careers in parish ministry. In such a professional context, skills related to education, counseling, and group dynamics can be of great help, and students trained in these areas will be better suited for careers in ministry.
- Religious Studies with an emphasis on world religions and philosophy: Students selecting this concentration within the major will explore the historical development, beliefs, and practices associated with some of the major religious traditions, and become familiar with both phenomenological and philosophical approaches to the study of religion, and consider the intersection between religious belief and socio-political movements on the contemporary stage.
- Religious Studies with an emphasis on systematic theology, Scripture, and/or theological ethics: Students choosing this concentration within the major will be directed at a more specifically (though not exclusively) Christian education in religious studies. The goal of such a track will be to encourage these students' theological proficiency concerning such topics as the doctrines of the Christian faith, Holy Scripture, and contemporary issues with which the faith is engaged.
The Religious Studies Program also offers three options for students who would like to pursue a minor in the area of Religious Studies. Any one of these minors provides an enriching complement to a wide variety of majors offered at Siena Heights University:
- A Religious Studies minor with a core of courses offering a broad and ecumenical engagement of religious traditions.
- A Theology minor with a core of courses more concentrated in the Catholic tradition.
- A contracted minor designed to accommodate a student’s particular needs and interests.
Course Requirements for Major
Program Requirements: 30 credit hours
- RST 102 Introduction To Christian Theology 3 credit hours
- RST 103 Catholicism Today 3 credit hours
- RST 104 Introduction to the Bible 3 credit hours
- RST 302 Introduction To The Hebrew Scriptures 3 credit hours
- RST 303 Introduction To The Christian Scriptures 3 credit hours
- RST 319 Christology 3 credit hours
- RST 305 Theological Ethics 3 credit hours
- RST 314 World Religions 3 credit hours
- RST 480 Faith In Action 3 credit hours
- RST 495 Senior Seminar 3 credit hours
- RST Approved Electives 9 credit hours
Cognate Requirements: 12 credit hours
- PHI 201 Introduction To Philosophy 3 credit hours
- PHI Approved Philosophy Elective 3 credit hours
- World Language 6 credit hours
Total for Major: 42 credit hours
Liberal Arts: 32 credit hours
General Electives: 46 credit hours
Total for Degree: 120 credit hours
Program Tuition Fee
When you graduate with a degree in Religious Studies you are well prepared to embark on a wide variety of career paths, such as:
- Social services
- Religious education
- Graduate school/ higher education
- Parish ministry/administration
- Youth Ministry
- Hospital chaplaincy or Pastoral Counseling
- Religious life/ecclesial vocation