Religious Studies

California State University Long Beach

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The program in Religious Studies at California State University Long Beach develops in students critical understanding of the forms of religious phenomena in their cultural and historical contexts and a sensitivity to different value systems. The program provides students with an introduction to the major religious traditions and to religion in the modern world.


Why Religious Studies?

Many students take one or two Religious Studies Courses at California State University Long Beach as part of their General Education program. For example, you might take a course introducing one of the many important religions of the world–Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism–or in Biblical Studies, or religion and contemporary life. These are courses that allow you to chew on life’s great questions–to spend time reflecting on what you really think so you can grow as a human being.

What Do You Do with a Degree in Religious Studies?

Almost anything! Religious Studies is one of the four best majors to help you score high on the L.S.A.T. (Law School Admissions Test). Our students go on to other advanced degrees, become religious professionals, secondary and higher education teachers, librarians, educational entrepreneurs, managers or aid-workers in NGOs, writers or performance artists, business managers, and the like.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Selected Topics in Religious Studies 
  • Directed Studies 
  • Professional Research Praxis: How to do it 
  • Islam in the Contemporary World 
  • Religion, Film and Literature 
  • Women, Religion, and the Developing World 
  • Jewish Christianity 
  • Selected Topics in Religious Studies 
  • Advanced Study 
  • Graduate Tutorial 

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

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General requirements

  • The primary criteria for admission are the same as those for University graduate admission. In addition, the applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies, or its equivalent, and have achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester units attempted. 
  • Three letters of recommendation two of which should be from the instructors in the undergraduate major are required.

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