Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Religious Studies. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)13REL 104 (Goal 3 Humanities or Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)5Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)32nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 2.2 Communication3
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
REL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3REL 107, 109, 124, 125, 311, 325, 326, 330, 331, 345, 350, 360, 365, 515, 523, 524, 525, 530, 543, 557, or 560 (Choose one) Specific Religious Traditions - Major Requirement3
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 15 13-16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
REL 106, 108, 171, 172, 339, 507, 508, 509, 510, 541, 555, 571, 585, or 586 (Choose one) Religion in Specific Regions - Major Requirement3REL 327, 341, 357, 371, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 406, 425, 464, 477, 534, 545, 572, or 573 (Choose one) Thematic Approaches to Religion - Major Requirement3
REL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3REL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
REL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3REL 490 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
LA&S 490 (Recommneded), or elective3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies), or elective1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.