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BA Religious Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

49498 USD
49498 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Religious Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1540
ACT (avg)34

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About this course

The Department offers introductory courses in all the major religious traditions, notably Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Other courses offer additional study of these or other traditions and their texts, often focusing on specific features -- such as gender, ethics, visual modes, mysticism -- or historical periods. Many other courses examine theoretical or comparative aspects of religious phenomena, especially as they are manifest in the modern world.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants who do not use English as their primary language must demonstrate the ability to undertake a rigorous, fast-paced academic program in English. As Duke students must have the ability to read quickly and to express themselves clearly both orally and in writing, applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English at the time the application is submitted.

We recommend but do not require the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for non-native English speakers who feel their TOEFL or IELTS scores might represent their English ability better than their SAT or ACT scores do.

A minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)—or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT)—or an overall band score of 7 on the IELTS is expected for all applicants to Duke. The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) cannot replace the TOEFL. We will use all the test information that you send to us with your writing samples in the application to evaluate your proficiency in English. If you take tests more than once, we will use your highest scores.

Our school code for the TOEFL is 5156.

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Course Modules

There is a minimum of ten courses. Religion 101 (Introduction to Religious Studies) is required. At least six courses must be numbered 200 or above. One course must be a Religious Studies independent study taken in the junior or senior year, a small group learning experience/seminar taken during the junior or senior year, or a Religious Studies honors project.

The student will select, from a list of appropriate courses, at least one course apiece for each of three different religious traditions.

In addition, the student, also in consultation with his or her advisor and with the advisor's approval, will choose a set of four courses that constitute a thematic or methodological focus on a particular aspect of religion.

Only two approved Study Abroad courses can count towards the major. Only one Divinity School course can count towards the major, and that course cannot be equivalent to a course offered by the Department of Religious Studies. Students interested in taking Divinity School courses should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies about which ones may count toward the Religious Studies major.

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How to Apply

Application Forms

  • Common Application or Coalition Application

Required School Materials

  • Secondary School Report with Counselor Recommendation
  • High School Transcript
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • First Quarter Grades
  • Midyear Grade Report
  • Final Transcript

Standardized Testing Score

  • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests or ACT with Writing

Financial Aid Forms

  • CSS Profile

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