Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies Program provides an opportunity for those who are seeking a solid foundation in the study of religion an opportunity to obtain an accredited Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies through distance learning. The program curriculum provides a strong core of biblical, theological, and pastoral courses reinforced by a strong liberal arts foundation. The program is designed to sharpen the skills of students already in ministry, to prepare students for advanced studies, especially in religious education and theology, and to broaden their options in the careers that put a premium on an informed religious consciousness. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in fields such as law, medicine, government, and business.

CourseCourse TitleCredit Hours
CSOO 126Understanding HU Culture3
ENGO 101Written Communications I3
ENGO 102Written Communication II3
COMO 103Oral Communications3
BIOO101Nature and Life3
HISO 106World Civilizations II3
MATO 110College Math 1103
PSYO 203Introduction to Psychology3
RELO 111Old Testament I3
RELO 112Old Testament II3
RELO 200Introduction to Religious Studies3
Subtotal 33 hrs.

CourseCourse TitleCredit Hours
SOCO 205Introduction to Sociology3
HISO 107Survey of African American History3
HUMO 201Seminar in Humanities3
RELO 211New Testament I3
RELO 212New Testament II3
RELO 201Prophetic Books3
RELO 202Life and Teachings of Jesus3
RELO 203Islam3
RELO 205Other Religious Traditions3
RELO 310Judeo-Christian Heritage3
Subtotal30 hrs

CourseCourse TitleCredit Hours
PHIO 210Logic and the Scientific Method3
PHIO 301Contemporary Moral Problems3
PHIO 304Ethics3
PHIO 305Ethics and Leadership3
RELO 104Public Speaking Fundamentals (Homiletics)3
RELO 204Pentecostalism3
RELO 205Other Religious Traditions3
RELO 305Biblical Exegesis3
RELO 309American Religious Traditions3
RELO 321African American Religion in Historical Perspective3
Subtotal30 hrs.

CourseCourse TitleCredit Hours
HEAO 411Health and Aging3
RELO 401Introduction to Theology3
RELO 450Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3
RELO 451Pastoral Limits and Authority3
*FREN 101-102; SPAN 101-102; HEBW 101-102, GREK 101-1023
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Subtotal27 hrs.

Admissions Requirements

All students desiring admission to the Religious Studies Program must be at least 21 years of age to apply.
  1. Hampton U Online Application
  2. Official high school transcript sent directly from your high school
  3. Official test scores on the GED (where a high school transcript is not presented)
  4. Official college transcripts sent from an accredited institution (you are also required to submit a Transfer Recommendation Form
  5. The Life Experience Credits Assessment Form and all associated documents for applicants requesting institutional academic credit for applicable life experience.
  6. Two letters of reference are required with one preferably being from a educator who has knowledge of your academic abilities, and the other from someone of your choosing, not a relative, who can offer insight on your character.
  7. Personal Statement of not less than 500 words must be submitted. This statement should give the evaluators a sense of who you are, where you are from (cultural, spiritual, and social context), what your involvements are/have been, and why you have chosen to pursue a degree in Religious Studies. This statement may be used to assess your writing skills.

Financial Aid

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