In keeping with Georgetown’s traditions, the curriculum of the Religion Department emphasizes the study of Christianity but does so in the broad context of religious studies as they are encountered in the past and present. To accomplish this task, the department requires majors to demonstrate:

  • a basic understanding of the content of the Bible and an ability to interpret it in light of academic approaches;
  • an understanding of the cultural and historical dimensions of religious phenomena and demonstrate a capacity to analyze them critically by focusing on special historical and cultural topics of study;
  • a basic understanding of Christian theology and an ability to analyze it academically;
  • a basic understanding of other world religions and a capacity to analyze them academically; and
  • an ability to think critically about issues involving religious studies and to base conclusions on data from the appropriate major disciplines of religious studies.

Through the core courses, the department additionally seeks to introduce students to the varieties of religious expression. Majors and minors in the department have the opportunity to gain experience in ministry through courses and an optional supervised internship.

Program Type

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Contact

Professor Sheila Klopfer

Program Options

Students majoring in Religion must choose one track.



Core Courses

(24 hours required; select one 100 or 200-level and one 300-level course from each group)

Elective Courses

(6 hours required)

  • Select six additional hours among 300-400 level REL courses.



Core Courses

(24 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(6 hours required; select one option)

Core Courses

(18 hours required; select one 100 or 200-level and one 300-level course from three of the following groups)

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