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

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
REL 104 (Goal 3 Humanities, 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
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 2.2 Oral Communication3
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required))3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication )3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
REL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13REL 106, 108, 171, 172, 339, 507, 508, 509, 510, 541, 555, 571, 585, or 586 (Choose one) Religion in Specific Regions - Major Requirement3
Goal 3 Natural Science3Goal 3 Social Science3
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
REL 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 Requirement3REL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
REL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13REL 490 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours 120

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 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.