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BA in Religious Studies

What does it mean to be, or not to be? What makes life worth living? What values have stood the test of time? By studying the classics of various religious and philosophical traditions, you will learn to think and question in ways that foster inner peace and contentment.

Marylhurst University provides an academic framework for religious insights and questions, examined in an atmosphere of acceptance. The bachelor's in religious studies degree requirements are designed to help you find meaning in life and service, now and in the future, as you seek personal enrichment and professional growth.

The Marylhurst Experience

Marylhurst's interdisciplinary approach provides you with a solid background in ethical, philosophical and religious studies encompassed in a broader liberal arts education.

The program's flexibility – 27 of the major's 61 credits are electives – allows you to design a curriculum to meet your personal goals. The religious studies department chair advises you in choosing a minor, or coursework, in other academic disciplines to prepare for a chosen career.

You will combine life experience with classroom learning in lectures, readings and conferences, small group discussion, reflective writing, artistic expression, guided imagery, pastoral practice, spiritual guidance, internships, research papers and special projects.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, you will:

  • Comprehend the cultural foundations, literary expressions and ethical teachings of religious or philosophical systems
  • Identify personal, individual spirituality in relation to historical spiritual traditions
  • Apply spiritual and philosophical values and knowledge to personal, social, political, international, economic or interfaith situations

Spiritual Guide Training

The Department of Religious Studies has developed partnerships with several spiritual life centers, such as Shalom Center in Mt. Angel, Oregon, and Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, to provide training for Marylhurst students who wish to become spiritual guides.

Career Paths

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, social service agencies, educational institutions and corporations concerned with ethical issues.

The BA in Religious Studies also provides a strong foundation for graduate-level coursework, such as Marylhurst's Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral Theology and Master of Divinity programs.

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