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2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religious Studies, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 15101) (SIMS Code: 116101)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 48 units in religious studies courses can apply to the degree.

A minor is not required with this major.

Impacted Program

This major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the Study of Religion major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Preparation for the Major

(3 units)

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Students must have fulfilled the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 8 or above before taking REL S 396W  and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

The department encourages international experience for its majors. It will facilitate the transfer of religious studies credits for appropriate study abroad, student exchange, or other overseas programs. International internships may also receive religious studies credit, if approved in advance by a department adviser.


A minimum of 33 upper division units in religious studies to include

Upper Division Areas

Six additional units selected from any of the four upper division areas.


Courses with variable content (REL S 496 REL S 499 REL S 581 REL S 583 REL S 596 ) may be used in the four areas of study when deemed relevant by the department adviser.

* Additional prerequisites required.

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