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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15 [Archived Catalog]

World Religions Major (B.A.)

Major code BA5215

College of Arts and Sciences 
Classics and World Religions Department
Ellis Hall 210
Phone: 740.597.2100
Fax: 740.597.2146

Neil Bernstein, contact person

Program Overview

Religious texts, beliefs, and practices are central to being human, as is conflict over religion. World religions majors acquire both a theoretical knowledge of the components and dynamics of religions and a specific knowledge of religious ideas and pratices. Our courses cover Judaism, early Christianity, Greek and Roman religions, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Each student chooses an area of specialization, and learns a foreign language connected with that specialization. Students in the world religions major have also majored in English, history, and sociology. World religions majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher can complete a departmental honors thesis in one or two terms for 3-6 credit hours in addition to the regular requirements for the major. Preapproved application and interview required.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The demand for people knowledgeable in the religions of this increasingly smaller globe is growing, and the United States is also becoming increasingly diverse religiously. Expertise in the study of a number of religious traditions benefits students preparing for careers in journalism, politics, and buisness. It can also be part of one’s preparation for leadership in religious communities. Often preprofessionals are encouraged to pursue a broad liberal arts education in which world religions may be a significant component. Courses in world religions are also of interest to many graduate programs at Ohio University. Our graduates have gone on to work for the Peace Corps, become counselors and therapists, study in religious studies graduate programs, enter into business careers and work in government.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

World Religions Core Courses

Complete 35 semester credit hours of classics and world religions coursework, including all the requirements below.

Biblical Studies

Complete one of the following courses:

Major Traditions

Complete two of the following courses:


Complete one of the following courses:

World Religions Electives

Complete 21 hours from any CLAR, CLAS, and CLWR courses (not CLAS 2110).

Colloquium in Classics and World Religions

Complete 2 hours of CLAS 3800.

Language Requirements

Complete two years of a language relevant to your area of interest in consultation with your advisor. Such languages would include Arabic, Greek, Hindi/Urdu, Indonesian and Latin.

Senior Honors Thesis

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the option of researching and writing a senior honors thesis.