Religious studies (Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts)



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.

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Unit set code

MJ-A310023 (major)

MN-A310023 (minor)


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

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.

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  • 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:

  • World Religions ASR100
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhism ASR205
  • Religion and Social Change ASC211
  • Being Human (With the Nonhuman) ASS203
  • Myth and Ritual ASS233
  • Religion, Rights and Governance ASR300
  • Language and Reality ASP326
  • Plus 1 unit selected from:

  • Love, Sex and Death ASP129
  • Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines IND102
  • Note: A study tour program is available as part of this major sequence. Please contact the Course Director for further information.