Degree Type:
Bachelor’s Degree, Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus

Religion courses at MU develop a deeper understanding of the “big questions” that occur at the limits of human experience. Coursework in religion is valuable in three respects: 1) It broadens your intellectual horizons and can be spiritually fulfilling, 2) This program trains you in research, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning, which are all skills desired by employers today, no matter the industry, 3) If your goal is a career in ministry or graduate study of religion, this major gives you the required foundation in theory, method, and tradition required for further study.

Common Career Paths

Basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. Religion majors have successfully gone on to professional jobs in:

  • Business
  • Counseling & Social Work
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Ministry

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with Religion degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Philosophy and religion teacher: $88,260
  • Social worker: $57,880
  • Religious workers: $54,340
  • Clergy: $57,230
  • Directors of religious activities and education: $52,880

Average Tuition Cost

Tuition varies, depending on the type of graduate program in which a student is enrolled. On average, MU students receive more than $31,000 in aid to pay for tuition.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Methodist University offers more than $24 million annually to students in scholarships. Ninety-seven percent of students receive some form of financial aid. If a student or a family member is in the military or a veteran, they may qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

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Frequently Asked Question

Yes. Religion courses at MU develop a deeper understanding of the “big questions” that occur at the limits of human experience. Coursework in religion is valuable in three respects: 1) It broadens your intellectual horizons and can be spiritually fulfilling, 2) This program trains you in research, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning, which are all skills desired by employers today, no matter the industry, 3) If your goal is a career in ministry or graduate study of religion, this major gives you the required foundation in theory, method, and tradition required for further study.

Major Requirements

The Religion major consists of 36-50 s.h. distributed as follows:

Textual Studies

  • REL 2010 Survey of Hebrew Bible (3 s.h.)
  • REL 2020 Survey of the New Testament (3 s.h.)

Breadth Requirement

Select 2 courses (6 s.h.) from the following:

  • REL 1500 Religions of Asia (3 s.h.)
  • REL 1510 Monotheistic Religions (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3050 Islam and the Islamic World (3 s.h.)

Church History

  • REL 4050 Early Christianity (3 s.h.)
  • REL 4060 Reformation Europe (3 s.h.)

Religion Electives

Select 6 courses (18 s.h.) from the following:

  • HIS 3050 Islam and the Islamic World (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 3010 History of Western Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 3300 Philosophy of Religion (3 s.h.)
  • REL 1030 Introduction to Religion (3 s.h.)
  • REL 1050 Religion in the Age of Science (3 s.h.)
  • REL 1070 Religion and Film (3 s.h.)
  • REL 1500 Religions of Asia (3 s.h.)
  • REL 1510 Monotheistic Religions (3 s.h.)
  • REL 3020 Jesus and the Gospels (3 s.h.)
  • REL 3220 Religious Literature (3 s.h.)
  • REL 4040 Myth and Culture (3 s.h.)
  • REL 4050 Early Christianity (3 s.h.)
  • REL 4060 Reformation Europe (3 s.h.)
  • REL 4850 Special Topics in Religion (3 s.h.)
  • REL 4990 Independent Study in Religion (3 s.h.)

Foreign Language Requirement:

Students must either demonstrate competence in a foreign language up to the 2020 level, or take four semesters of foreign language, two of which must be in the same language.


Minor Requirements

The Religion minor consists of 15 s.h. distributed as follows:
  • Choose five of the courses listed above (15 s.h.), including 6 s.h. of upper-division courses.