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Bachelor of Arts

Interdisciplinary Studies - Religious Studies

Program of Study

Choose one of three concentration options to focus your studies. Specialize in: Religion and society, Critical issues of religion, or Religious creative expressions in art, architecture, literature and music.

The program's core curriculum ensures the depth and breadth of your studies. In addition to taking an introductory course, you'll select from classes covering world religions like Christianity, Islam and Judaism, along with concepts in African-American religion, political and social philosophy and the ethnology of religion.


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Nadia Kizenko at nkizenko@albany.edu.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • Senior Seminar in Religious Studies


Breadth Courses

See below for details.


18 credits from chosen Concentration

See below for details.

Breadth Courses

Choose 15 credits from:

  • African/African-American Religion
  • Anthropology and Folklore
  • Myths of the Greek and Roman World in Western Art
  • Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas
  • Ethnology of Religion
  • Early and Medieval Christianity
  • Medieval and Early-Modern Jews among Muslims and Christians
  • Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture I
  • Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture II
  • Jewish Civilization: From the Birth of the Israelites until the Present
  • Judaism and its Foundational Texts
  • World Religions
  • History of Social and Political Philosophy
  • History of Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Topics in Religious Studies
  • Independent Study of Religious Studies

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Concentrations
Religious Creative Expressions

Choose 18 credits from:

  • Survey of Art in the Western World I
  • Survey of Art in the Western World II
  • Myths of the Greek and Roman World in Western Art
  • Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • Monarchs, Monks, and Medieval Art: Europe 500-1100 C.E.
  • Gothic Art and Architecture
  • Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture: 1250-1450
  • Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture: 1450-1600
  • Roman Sculpture
  • Greek Architecture
  • Gothic Painting
  • Art and Change in Northern Europe, 1300-1500
  • Egyptian Archeology
  • Greek Archaeology
  • Literature of the Middle Ages
  • American Literature to 1800
Religion and Society

Choose 18 credits from:

  • Ethnology of Mesoamerica
  • Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Early and Medieval Christianity
  • Religion in American Life and Thought
  • History of the Early Middle Ages
  • The High Middle Ages
  • The Italian Renaissance, 1300-1530
  • Renaissance and Reformation in 16th Century Europe
  • History of England I
  • Gold, Conquest, & Pirates: Spain and Portugal in the Americas
  • History of Russia I
  • History of the Middle East I
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Historical Perspective
  • Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture I
  • Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture II
  • American Intellectual History Since 1860
  • The Byzantine Empire, 300-1453
  • Jewish Civilization: From the Birth of the Israelites until the Present
  • Judaism and its Foundational Texts
  • The American Jewish Experience
  • Zionism, Palestine, and Israel in Historical Perspective
  • Early Israel and Biblical Civilization
  • Jews, Hellenism, and Early Christianity
  • The Jews in the Modern World
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Buddhism in East Asia
  • Zen Buddhism
Critical Issues in Religion

Choose 18 credits from:

  • History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Concepts of Race and Culture in the Modern World
  • Buddhism in East Asia
  • Ethical Issues in East Asian Thought
  • Early and Medieval Christianity
  • The Holocaust in History
  • Medieval Jews among Muslims and Christians
  • History of the Early Middle Ages
  • The High Middle Ages
  • The Italian Renaissance, 1300-1530
  • Renaissance and Reformation in 16th Century Europe
  • History of the Middle East I
  • Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture I
  • Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture II
  • Morals and Society
  • Moral Dilemmas
  • History of Social and Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethical Theory
  • Topics in Religious Studies
  • Toleration

Career Paths

With a bachelor's in Religious Studies, you're on track to pursue many different careers requiring analytical thinking and diverse perspectives. Potential job titles include:

  • Secondary school teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Professor
  • Paralegal
  • Minister
  • Rabbi
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Historian
  • Social worker
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