Religious Studies

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Religious Studies

Want a better understanding of global issues? Interested in various religions and their significance to society? Like to think critically about big questions? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Texas.

This degree equips you for employment in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Careers can be found in:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Publishing
  • Social service
  • Teaching

It can also help prepare you for graduate school such as a Master's of Divinity or other professional programs.

What we offer

We provide the only Religious Studies degree program at a public university in the region. All of the religions examined are treated equally, encouraging open, thought-provoking dialogue among students and faculty members. In addition, you gain a thorough understanding of the beliefs, practices and histories of multiple religious traditions and hone your oral and written communication skills. Our department has a particular strength in non-western religions and comparative religion studies. Scholarships are available to help you pursue your degree.

The program’s interdisciplinary approach allows you to focus your studies on a particular area of interest. Courses are available in a wide variety of disciplines, including philosophy, English, history, anthropology, sociology, political science and many others.

You can pursue an interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies by completing 18 credit hours of course work.

Our faculty members have expertise in religious studies, the philosophy of religion, and religion and ecology. Their research has examined:

  • Ancient Israel and religious history
  • Comparative studies between Eastern and Western religious traditions
  • Jewish philosophy
  • Religion and the environment
  • Religion, culture and film in South Asia
  • Science, technology and religion

What to expect

Your course work while pursuing your degree will address:

  • Historical, cultural and conceptual origins and development of world religions
  • How religion is similar to and different from philosophy, literature, sociology and anthropology
  • How to understand religions objectively
  • How to apply knowledge of religions to local and global issues
  • The influence of religions on politics, law, science and the arts

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.