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Online Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

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Understand the Role of Religion in the Development of Profound Human Culture

LSU Alexandria

Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from top-ranked LSU Alexandria. Our program provides students with an opportunity to study the major belief systems and scriptures that have operated in human history and to prepare for successful careers in a wide range of fields, including ministry, teaching, journalism, politics, education, foreign affairs, nonprofit businesses, and publishing. Program graduates may also advance to a more focused study in graduate school, professional school, chaplain school, or divinity school. Graduates may also pursue a counseling degree at the graduate level.

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When you join LSUA Online, you join a family that makes sure that your needs are met. You will have a dedicated Student Success Coach assigned to you from your application process all the way through to your graduation to support you in any way as a student. We help you along the way so that you can focus on performance in your classes.

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LSUA's online programs provide you the opportunity to synchronously interact with instructors (in real-time) via video conferencing and other technologies in a flexible format that fits your busy schedule. These sessions also allow engagement with course content and build a community among our online students.

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What will you be studying

Students of the Bachelor of Arts program in Religious Studies can expect to gain a comprehensive, comparative, and thorough understanding of the major religious belief systems, practices, and sacred scriptures, including their origins and history, that have impacted human culture.

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Comprehensive course offerings

Developed from experienced faculty, our curriculum for the B.A. program in Religious Studies will additionally study the rituals, sacred practices, and sacred texts that have shaped culture and profound human thought.

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Why choose LSUA?

As an integral part of the LSU System, LSUA students receive a high-quality education led by qualified and dedicated faculty and staff. LSUA offers unique degree programs in smaller, more personalized classroom environments both on campus and online. Tuition rates at LSUA are among the most competitive in the state for this high standard of education, leaving a large portion of their students to graduate debt free.  Students who attend LSUA are set up by attentive advisors to achieve the greatest success in their academic career.


The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BA in Religious Studies program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour (with fees): $291

Total cost with fees, and the maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $8,730

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $34,920

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings

General Education Requirements

  • ENGL 1001 English Composition I | 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1002 English Composition II | 3 Credit Hours
  • General Education Social Science | 6 Credit Hours
  • General Education Math | 6 Credit Hours
  • General Education Biology | 3 Credit Hours
  • General Education Natural Sciences | 6 Credit Hours
  • General Education Communications | 3 Credit Hours
  • General Education Philosophy | 3 Credit Hours
  • General Education History | 3 Credit Hours
  • General Education Fine Arts | 3 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

  • RELG 1004 - Old Testament | Credit Hours: 3
  • RELG 1005 - Introduction to New Testament | Credit Hours: 3
  • RELG 2025 - World Religion | Credit Hours: 3
  • RELG 3029 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam | Credit Hours: 3
  • RELG 3030 - Religion in America | Credit Hours: 3
  • RELG 4010 - History of Christian Thought to the 16th Century | Credit Hours: 3
  • RELG 4027 - Asian Religions | Credit Hours: 3
  • Religious Studies Electives | Credit Hours: 9

Additional Requirements

  • Foreign Language Electives Credits: 12
  • 12 hours in one language OR 9 hours in one language and 3 in another OR 6 hours in one language and 6 in another.
  • Free Electives/Completion of Minor Credits: 39

Admission Requirements

For university acceptance, first-time freshman must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0


Transfer students to LSUA must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • Have earned from a community college at least 12 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission requirements and be in good standing with their previous institution

Career Opportunities

  • Religious Charity Office
  • Pastor
  • Youth Director
  • Cultural Historian
  • Missionary

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