Program Description

Religion is an inter-disciplinary field with its foundation in the humanities. The study of religion helps develop such essential skills as critical thinking, analytical writing, public speaking, and cross-cultural communication. BSC offers the first two years of coursework toward a baccalaureate degree in a religious studies specialty. Instruction is designed to provide a base of general education, social science and communication classes, along with introductory courses in religion. Students study World Religions, Religion in America, Old and New Testament, Life and Letters of Paul, Philosophy, Ethics and Western Civilization.


Those pursuing a religion major should be interested in history and philosophical and religious ideas through time. The need for clear expression requires good communication skills. Background in the social sciences is helpful.

Program Requirements

Students completing the suggested curriculum earn an Associate in Arts degree.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for possible BSC course modifications, if needed.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

The degree is well suited for students seeking a broad-based liberal arts degree or a general education. A religion major provides an excellent preparation for graduate school in the humanities, as well as any field that requires critical and constructive thinking. Students can pursue seminary and divinity school and are well prepared for careers in law, medicine, business, public and political service, education, journalism, counseling and social work.



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Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits61
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
RELS 120 Religion in America 3
RELS 203 World Religions 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 College Algebra 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
POLS 115 American Government 3
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities Electives  
RELS 201 Life and Letters of Paul 3
RELS 220 Old Testament 3
RELS 230 New Testament 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
HIST 101 Western Civilization I 3
HIST 102 Western Civilization II 3
PHIL 210 Ethics 3
Elective Course 3
Math, Science & Technology  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective) 4
Math, Science & Technology Elective  
(Needed if the 9 total credits for Math, Science & Technology have not been met.)  
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology Elective courses) 3
 Total Credits61

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements