Bachelor of Arts

Religious Studies

Unit set code

MJ-A310023 (major)

MN-A310023 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Understanding religion has seldom been as important as it is today. There is increasing dialogue among the greater religions of the world, but there is also increasing misunderstandings of religious traditions. Religious ideas are regularly debated in the media and featured in popular culture and religious beliefs play a significant role in conflict, peace building, and international development. With countries and communities becoming more diverse and complex, the need for cross-cultural religious literacy and inter-disciplinary expertise in religion is becoming more urgent. The Religious Studies Major is a multi-disciplinary major that looks at religion and religions from diverse viewpoints and methodologies. The major includes perspectives from the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, sociology, and indigenous studies.

Career outcomes

Religious literacy and understandings of different cultural and religious perspectives is an indispensable skill in our global society as is the ability to analysis multiple perspectives. Career opportunities exist for Religious Studies students in the education sector, publishing, government agencies, cultural institutions, multicultural associations, media organisations, the public service and the marketing and tourism industries.


  • To complete a Major sequence in Religious Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Religious Studies select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 7 units from:

ASR100World Religions

ASR205Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhism

ASC211Religion and Social Change

ASS203Being Human (With the Nonhuman)

ASS233Myth and Ritual

ASR300Religion, Rights and Governance

ASP326Language and Reality

Plus 1 unit selected from:

ASP129Love, Sex and Death

IND102Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines

Note: A study tour program is available as part of this major sequence. Please contact the Course Director for further information.