100% Online B.S. in Religious Studies

Explore Your Passion for Understanding Religion

Career-Focused. Student-Centered. Success-Oriented.

At King University, the online Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies lays the broad-based groundwork you need to earn a versatile degree for a rewarding career in ministry and service.

You will prepare to serve in church and parachurch organizations or to undertake advanced study in seminaries or graduate schools. Combining the study of 21st century Christianity with that of understanding religions of the world and contemporary expressions of faith, our online degree in Religious Studies provides you with an up-to-date examination of faith in the modern era.

The Bible and Religion department upholds and educates students in an intelligent understanding of the Christian Scriptures, a thoughtful approach to theological thinking, and practical experiences in ministering to others.

You will have opportunities to study in Italy, dig in an archaeological dig, and tour Israel-Palestine and Jordan. You can also serve in local and global endeavors from Camden, New Jersey to Kenya, Africa, and minister to local churches in the Appalachian region.

Our unwavering commitment to our students means that you’ll receive the education you need for meaningful professional and personal growth through a relevant and industry-specific course of study. Discover today why King University has the difference you need to advance your career.

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A Curriculum Built for Relevance

In our online Religious Studies program, you’ll study faith in the modern era, discover a deeper understanding of Christian faith and other world religions. Take advantage of extensive, unique, hands-on international studies and research.

The B.S. in Religious Studies degree requires 48 semester hours (12 courses) of major coursework. To graduate from King University, you must complete a total of 124 semester hours, which includes a mixture of major courses, general education courses, and additional courses which may come from credit transfers or electives

Courses you may take in this program include:

An introduction to the practice of Biblical hermeneutics and interpretation of ancient texts. The class will examine the history and development of hermeneutics, including the most recent developments. Also included is practice in the interpretation of the different kinds of Biblical literature.

A course designed to acquaint you with some of the basic questions of philosophy of religion, the answers philosophers have given, and to help you develop answers of your own.

This course examines the prominent place of religion in this religiously plural geopolitical environment. It explores Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Native American traditions, white Protestantism, and African and Asian religions, and their expression in global communities. It also examines the relationship between politics and religion and its impact on contemporary events.

An introduction to some of the most influential British Christian authors of the middle of the 20th century: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, and Charles Williams. It will examine selected works from both literary and theological perspectives, so as to consider the marriage of the mind, imagination, and spirit.

The Benefits of Online Learning

Learning in an online format provides the opportunity to adjust your academic path based on your personal preferences. You’ll have the chance to spend as much time with instructional materials as you need. King University’s online programs offer the same course of study and level of academic rigor as our on-campus counterparts. You’ll have access to the same experienced faculty and faith-based learning environment, and connect with your peers in a caring community atmosphere.

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Careers for Religious Studies Graduates

With an online B.S. in Religious studies degree from King University, you can pursue several career paths in education, social sciences, and international outreach.

2022 Average Annual Salaries

  1. Clergy $101,4001
  2. Marriage/family counselors $70,0002
  3. Chaplains $57,0323
  4. Missionaries $46,4704
  5. Youth ministers $41,5305

Who We Are

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university dedicated to the integration of rigorous academic programming and the exploration of faith. For more than 150 years, we have offered students the opportunity to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving the world.

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