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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


D’Youville’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, Nutrition and 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 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'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. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.00 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting 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.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.33


Explore Courses in Religious Studies

Belief and Unbelief in the Brave New World — RS 102

Gain an introduction to the phenomenon of religious faith. Examine classic examples of the case for and against living in faith with a view towards evaluating your own attitudes of religion. Explore the faith traditions of Western and Eastern cultures.

Ethics: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives — RS 103

Discover ethical reasoning, theories of morality, and questions related to a life of good. Discuss topics like moral duty, virtue, pleasure, and happiness; the religious ethics of St. Marie-Marguerite d’Youville; and contemporary ethical issues through religious/theological or philosophical perspectives.

Challenges of Death — RS 214

Examine the ways in which death challenges human meaning and action. Research and investigate topics like the meaning of suffering and death, the challenges of death to morality, and the psychological and spiritual process of dying and bereavement.

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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 institution'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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