Religious Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

The religious studies program at Grand Valley State University is unique in that it allows students to design a degree that suits their specific interests, talents, and career aspirations.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students may choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) The major provides the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies and reaches across divisional lines to draw on the academic resources of the campus. It is an appropriate major for students who wish to do the following:

  • Bring understanding of religious issues into public dialogue
  • Focus on particular religions through courses in a range of global traditions and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Explore religion and related phenomena academically to understand the roles religion plays in the human journey


Students will complete coursework in four component areas:

  • Core courses
  • Disciplinary approaches courses
  • Electives
  • Global perspectives courses

Career Options

Graduates work for a variety of entities, including:

  • Communication and arts
  • Governmental and global NGO agencies
  • Health care
  • International areas
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Social services
  • Teaching and administration

Why Study Religious Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Religious studies encourages students to develop interdisciplinary understandings and to take full advantage of crosscultural opportunities at GVSU as well as in the greater community.
  • The program promotes critical thinking, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, and integrative learning.
  • Flexibility in coursework supports breadth of knowledge regarding religious traditions and issues while allowing intentional study of particular traditions through focused coursework.

For More Information

Religious Studies Program
(616) 331-8020
Admissions Office

Having a religious studies program and curriculum available at GVSU is a critical piece to becoming liberally educated. It will allow students to further their interest in religion based on social, cultural, and spiritual knowledge, and will greatly enhance students' understanding of their personal development in this area.

Emrie Carlton
Liberal Studies Student

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