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Saint Leo University

BA in Religion

Individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of Christ and religion in preparation for a life of service might explore Saint Leo University's online Bachelor of Arts in Religion program. Read on for more information about this on bachelor's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the online Bachelor of Arts in Religion program from Saint Leo University should be open-minded and interested in learning about many religious traditions. They should also respect individual differences among people. Applicants to Saint Leo University should have a high school diploma. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The online Bachelor of Arts in Religion program at Saint Leo University is intended to help students with their intellectual, personal and spiritual growth processes. Once admitted, students might be able to examine the history of philosophy and take a look at world religions. They might also be able to get an introduction to Jewish scriptures as well as Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Islam. An in-depth research paper might be completed during the senior seminar course.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Saint Leo University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Religion

The online Bachelor of Arts in Religion program at Saint Leo University requires 120 credits for completion. University Explorations courses amount to 42 credits and the major requirements range from 36 credits. Students should choose enough general elective courses to earn enough additional credits and fulfill the 120-credit-hour degree requirement. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

University Explorations Requirements (42 credits)

  • Academic Writing I
  • Academic Writing II
  • College Mathematics
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Students select two of the following courses:
    • Economics for Life
    • Immigration: The Changing Face of America
    • Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times
    • Psychological Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World
    • The McDonaldization of Society
  • Students select one of the following courses:
    • Curves Ahead: Women Artists and the Female Form
    • Native American History & Life: More Than Tipis & Tomahawks
    • Feeding the Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century
    • Building a Multiracial Society
    • Once Upon a Time: Readings in Folklore and Culture
  • Students select two of the following courses:
    • Evaluating the Predictions of Global Warming
    • Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish
    • Human Ecology
    • Energy and Its Impact on Global Society
    • Science in Science Fiction
  • Students select two of the following courses:
    • Living the Theatre: Dramatic Skills for all Disciplines
    • Giants of the Arts
    • Spirituals to Rock and Roll: The Story of How American Popular Music Conquered the World
    • Love and Desire in Literature
    • Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature
    • On the Proverbial Road: Journeys of Transformation in Narrative
    • Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres
    • Making Sense of the Sound: The Art of Listening Well to Great Music
  • Students select one of the following:
    • Encountering the Real: Faith and Philosophical Enquiry
    • Thinking and Doing Ethics
  • Students select two of the following:
    • The Emergence of Christianity: Examination of Foundational Christian Texts
    • Christian Spiritual Vision
    • Many are Called, but Who is Chosen? Christian Understandings of Salvation
    • World Religions: East and West

Major Requirements (36 credits)

  • Christian Spiritual Vision
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • World Religions: East and West
  • Ecclesiology
  • History of Christianity
  • Students select one of the following:
    • Christian Morality
    • Christian Social Justice: A Roman Catholic Perspective
  • Christology
  • Senior Seminar
  • History of Philosophy I: Ancient to Medieval
  • History of Philosophy II: The Modern World

General Elective Requirements (42 credits)

  • Students must complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education: 

Students who are candidates for ordination into the Christian ministry or seeking expanded knowledge of the role of religion in the world may be interested in pursuing a related master's degree after completing Saint Leo University's BA in Religion program. Upon their enrollment in such a program, students might be able to further study the Bible, world Christianity, and philosophical theology. Following are examples of possible advanced degree programs:

  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Master of Divinity

Career Paths:

When students graduate from Saint Leo University's BA in Religion program, they might be able to work effectively in parish ministry. Religious studies programs might also serve as a springboard for careers in teaching, law, psychology, or social work as graduates continue the educational process and seek additional training. Potential employment settings could include churches, social service agencies, classrooms, or courtrooms. Following is a list of positions for which students could be able to apply after graduating from this or other degree programs:

  • Clergy member
  • Hospital chaplain
  • Social worker
  • Youth counselor
  • Mediator