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Religious Studies, B.A., B.S.

Religious Studies (REL) prepares students to think critically and creatively. Connecting differing perspectives is an essential foundation for a wide variety of career paths or graduate study.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

Students may choose a B.A., B.S., or a minor in Religious Studies. The program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Take courses in a range of formats including online and hybrid classes, designed to fit a variety of schedules and needs;
  • Strengthen interpersonal skills to work with people from different backgrounds;
  • Bring a deeper understanding of religious issues into public dialogue and professional life;
  • Enhance training in fields like health care, business, education, or non-profit work by building intercultural competencies.
  • Health care
  • Governmental and global NGO agencies
  • Religious organizations
  • Social services and nonprofits
  • Business
  • Teaching and administration

Why Study Religious Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Encourages students to develop interdisciplinary understandings and to take full advantage of cross cultural opportunities at GVSU as well as in the greater community.
  • Promotes critical thinking, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, and integrative learning.
  • Gives you a competitive edge in service-oriented professions.

Helpful Links

Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS)
324 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8020

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Career Options

Employers and graduate schools seek religious studies students for their strengths in intercultural communication, complex problem solving, and global understanding. This includes fields like:


“Under the direction of a caring and knowledgeable faculty, the religious studies program at GVSU fosters the critical thinking and analysis skills necessary to succeed in one's career and educational endeavors.”