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Religious Studies (BA), 4-Year

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Our compact, 36-credit Religious Studies major allows you to develop an advanced religious literacy as you design an education personalized to your career goals.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

D’Youville College’s Bachelor of Arts program in Religious Studies allows students to examine and explore one of the most pervasive and influential forces in society. From world religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism – to major ethical issues – abortion, LGBT rights, stem cell research, social justice, and poverty – students will develop the analytical writing and comprehension skills necessary for advanced careers.

Our compact, 36-credit program offers students the opportunity to cater their studies to their personal preferences as they plan for careers in law, education, ministry, and government, or to continue their education through graduate programs. Students are encouraged to explore a double major in fields such as Psychology, Philosophy, History, Dietetics, and more.

WHY CHOOSE D'YOUVILLE?

  • Compact, 36-credit program allows you to explore your interests and plan your career through a double major and an education designed to meet your goals.
  • Convenient courses offer you opportunities for online, on-campus, and hybrid learning.
  • Gain research experience by working with D'Youville College faculty on a research topic in either theoretical or social values in your senior year.
  • Get individualized attention in small classes taught by faculty with national reputations in the field.
  • Build your resume with professional internships at nonprofit agencies, corporations, or federal, state or local government offices, while gaining perspective on a future career.
  • D'Youville College's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication as you explore paths in:
    • Graduate degrees in Religious Studies, Theology, Law, and Education
    • Ministry
    • Education
    • Law
    • Journalism
    • Non-profit Organizations
    • Government

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.


Curriculum

Course Requirements for the Major

In the Specific Area of Concentration
Course Number Course Name Credits
RS 101

Introduction to the Bible

This course is a study of the sacred literature of the Jewish and Christian religions. Key concepts and great themes of both testaments are studied.

Prequisites: None

3.0
RS 102

Belief & Unbelief in the Brave New World

This introductory course in the phenomenon of religious faith examines the classic examples of the case for and against living in faith,with the view of enabling students to evaluate their own attitudes toward religion. Faith traditions of Western and Eastern cultures provide additional data for this evaluation.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3.0
RS 209

Major Western Faiths

This course surveys the main elements of the history, thought and practice of the major religious traditions of the Western world:judaism,Catholicism and Protestantism.

Prequisites: None

3.0
PHI 308

Eastern Philosophy

This course surveys Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Zen and compares Eastern and Western traditions.

Prequisites: None

3.0
RS 211

Catholicism Today

This is a systematic study of the foundational beliefs of catholicism; where they came from,how they have changed and how they are interpreted today.

Prequisites: None

3.0
RS

Six Religious Studies Electives

Electives can come from any of the Religious Studies course offerings. However, at least three courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students are encouraged to pursue study abroad, internship opportunities, and senior theses as part of their electives.

18
INT

One Internship Elective

One Internship Elective

3
Totals
Requirement Credits
Major 36
Core Requirements and Electives 84
Total 120

Internships

Internships

The internship component of the Religious Studies degree allows students to build on and extend their learning beyond the classroom experience. Students will further their career aspirations with practical experience in meaningful, religious settings.

Students will participate in a minimum of 160 hours of internship – approximately 10 hours per week – as they further the College’s mission of leadership and service in a wide variety of institutional and business roles directly related to their studies.

Students can seek internships in:

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