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.
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.
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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