Religion Bachelor Degree (BA)

Through reading, writing and debating in the 3- or 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Religion program at Booth UC, you will encounter many things that inspire, challenge and, hopefully, transform you. You will not only come to appreciate religion’s influence on the world but also the impact of the sacred on personal beliefs and practices. The critical, analytical and human skills you develop in the religion program will equip you to think critically, communicate clearly and relate well to others.


Religion has been and continues to be a major influence in the world. Religion affects every aspect of the human experience: history, culture, politics, economics, science, philosophy and more. An adequate understanding of the world requires some knowledge of its various faith traditions.

What do people believe and what do they practice in diverse religious communities around the world? How does religion inform and shape their lives? What does religion contribute to their societies? How does it provide life with meaning, wisdom, ethical responsibility and beauty? Studying for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religion enables us to ask, think about and answer these kinds of complex and important questions.

Studying at Booth

Religion points to and shapes the foundational, illuminating and nurturing aspects of human existence. At Booth University College, this learning is done in an intentionally Christian academic context that fosters awareness of and respect for the beliefs and practices of other religious traditions. We consider the history, phenomenology, structures and complex interconnectedness of religion. While Christian texts, thought and history are the primary focus of study in the Bachelor of Arts in Religion program, students are also exposed to a number of other religious traditions during their studies. Furthermore, religion majors have the opportunity to take relevant courses from other Booth University College programs. Such courses frequently include the sociology of religion, the psychology of religion and the philosophy of religion.

Learning Objectives:

In addition to the Institutional Learning Outcomes, the Bachelor of Arts in Religion program seeks to develop the following intellectual abilities and skills in its students:

  1. Skills in critical analysis and interpretation of Christian and other religious beliefs and practices, sacred texts, and their cultural and intellectual contexts;
  2. A wide knowledge of the influence and importance of religion and faith in human life;
  3. The ability to articulate their understanding in spoken and written presentations that reflects skill and independent study and the use of a broad range of resources;
  4. Recognition of the value of these skills and understandings for growth, for critical understanding and for responsible participation in society and culture.

Course Requirements

3 year/90 credit Requirements

Minimum of 90 credit hours comprised of:

  • 42 credit hours in the core curriculum
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours in the discipline, not including the 12 credit hours taken in the core curriculum
    • In order to fulfil the required 30 credit hours in Religion, Three Year Religion Majors must complete the following courses:
      • REL200 (3)
      • REL201 (3)
      • REL209 (3)
      • REL220 or REL230 or REL250 (3)
      • REL30X (3)
      • REL31X (3)
      • REL32X or REL 33X (3)
      • REL37X (3)
      • REL3XX or REL490 or REL495 (6)

4 year/120 credit Requirements

Minimum of 120 credit hours comprised of:

  • 42 credit hours in the core curriculum
  • 48 credit hours in the discipline, which includes those taken in the core;
  • 30 credit hours must be at the 200 level or higher
  • 12 credit hours must be at the 400 level, including REL 499 Religion in Cultural Contexts

Detailed information on course options is available in the Academic Calendar.

Career Possibilities

A Bachelor of Arts in Religion will prepare you to work in a wide variety of vocations and occupations, in such areas as church ministry, social services, politics, management and administration. You may also choose to increase your knowledge in religion by pursuing a masters or a Ph.D., or use your degree as a stepping stone to pursue further studies in professional fields such as law, medicine, teaching or journalism.

“I’ve been learning so many new and interesting things in all of my courses. Even though I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember, and have been learning about God and the Bible for my entire life, I’ve learned so much more than I thought I would.”

– Jessica MacKenzie (BA/22)

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Centre for Salvation Army Studies

Booth University College is home to the Centre for Salvation Army Studies, a small, focused institute dedicated to research on The Salvation Army. As a clearing house for research and publications on The Salvation Army, the Centre aims to foster and support critical examinations of the denomination’s history, theology and multi-faceted ministries. Visit the Centre for Salvation Army Studies page for more information.

Minor in Religion 

Religion minor requirements: 
Eighteen credits in REL courses including the core Religion requirements. At Least 6 credits must be at the 300 level or higher.

Academic Calendar

Contact Us

For more information about the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Bachelor of Arts in Religion, or other Booth University College programs and admissions, contact our Admissions team.

Phone: 204-924-4887 or toll-free:
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