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.
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.
- 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
- Non-profit Organizations
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|
|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.
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|
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|
Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following
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.
Course Requirements for the Major
In the Specific Area of Concentration
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
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.
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.
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.
This course surveys Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Zen and compares Eastern and
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.
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.
One Internship Elective
|Core Requirements and Electives||84|
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:
- Charitable/non-profit organizations
- Music/youth/family minister
- Summer camp
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