Undergraduate Program


UCSB has the premier Religious Studies department in the University of California system. It is one of the best programs in the U.S., and is internationally recognized for its excellence in teaching and research. Religious Studies is interdisciplinary in approach and majors gain critical skills in history, sociology, philosophy and other relevant disciplines. Students in our courses not only learn the substance of religion in various cultures, but they also study the theories that help solve the puzzles about religion in human experience.

We offer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree through two majors:

Many students complete double majors and combine religious studies with history, anthropology, political science, philosophy, or art.

The department also houses the following Minor programs:

Foreign Language

Students who want to prepare for graduate work in religion should take advantage of the language courses in the department and acquire proficiency in a language related to the area or tradition of their interest.

Student Advising

The department’s undergraduate advisor helps students plan their course of study. The department chair and other faculty members also assist students with academic planning.

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