May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Religious Studies, BA

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Undergraduate programs of study are available in religious studies and youth and family ministry. Courses completed in either program are designed to help individuals clarify their religious convictions and life goals, as well as to provide preparation for persons who anticipate further study. Both majors earns a B.A. degree.


Students majoring in religious studies or youth and family ministry and who are judged qualified by the religion faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in religion. To graduate ”With Honors,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and complete nine credits of honors courses in religion, including REL 499 . In addition, they must be nominated for honors by the religion faculty.

Special Features

  1. Students who major in two areas offered by the religious studies and philosophy programs may count only six credits from courses used to fulfill the requirements of the first major to fulfill the total credit requirement of the second major.
  2. A similar limitation applies to the student who elects both a major and minor offered by religion and philosophy programs, except that in such instances only three credits of duplicate course credit may be applied.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Graduation Requirements (4 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Technical Requirements (3 Hours)

  • PHI elective Hours: 3

General Elective Credits Will Be Required - See Advisor

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

Additional recommendations: It is advised that students who wish to do graduate study take twelve hours of Greek and six hours of history in addition to the major.

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