2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
    Jan 21, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religious Studies, B.A.

The major in religious studies offers students a strong liberal arts education and a thorough grounding in the field of religion. Students are encouraged to complement the major with at least a minor in another discipline, e.g., human services, history, literature, psychology, depending on their interests and future career orientation. Some upper division courses are taken at Saint Louis University.

Baccalaureate Degree and Residency Requirements

All requirements for an undergraduate degree are listed in the undergraduate academic policies and regulations  section in this catalog. These requirements include a graduation requirement of at least one course in religious studies.

Major Approval

Major approval is required during the second semester of the sophomore year, or after the completion of 45 credit hours at Fontbonne. For transfer students, major approval is required after completing the equivalent of one full semester (a minimum of 12 credits) at Fontbonne.

A student in the religious studies major must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the times of application for major approval and application for the degree. Students must earn a minimum of C- in each course required in the major.

General Education Requirements

The 42 credit hours of general education requirements are presented in the undergraduate academic information  section in this catalog. A course that meets a general education requirement may also meet a course requirement in the major or a course requirement in another discipline.

The following specific general education courses must be chosen to meet the requirements for this major:


The student may take up to three upper-division courses in religion or philosophy at Saint Louis University and/or Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Courses Required in Other Disciplines

Specific courses in other departments or disciplines, but not meeting general education requirements, may be required depending on the student’s area of specialization and career orientation.

Theology: Fontbonne/Aquinas Institute of Theology Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Agreement

This agreement gives Fontbonne’s Religious Studies major accelerated access to graduate education.

Ecumenical in scope, this program appeals to students who wish to pursue graduate studies, careers in theological education, and a variety of lay ministries.

The Fontbonne/Aquinas agreement enables students to take all or part of the minimum of three upper-level courses requirement mentioned above at Aquinas Institute of Theology. These courses are accepted as meeting Fontbonne undergraduate requirements and credited graduate credit on an Aquinas transcript.

  • REL 400 Pro-seminar Credit(s): 3
  • REL 401 Bible Interpretation Credit(s): 3
  • REL 402 Church History I Credit(s): 3
  • REL 403 Church History II Credit(s): 3
  • REL 404 Introduction to Theology and Theological Method Credit(s): 3
  • REL 405 The Use of Philosophy in Theology Credit(s): 3