Religious Studies

All human cultures reflect on the meaning of life through myth, symbol and abstract reflection. In this field of study, you’ll discover how religions and theologies belonging to different cultures create an important intellectual exercise. What you’ll learn is a fascinating process that provokes many questions about the past, the present and the future.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

As modern day society becomes more diverse, there is an increasing need for people who are trained in handling religion in a variety of contexts.

Studying different religious traditions helps broaden your outlook on a wide range of issues, such as the nature of God, ethics, popular religion, social issues, gender, the environment and the meaning of life. Critical engagement with either religious tradition or the variety of human religious experience is always intellectually challenging. Religious Studies provides you with the background knowledge required to be an engaged and committed citizen, and signals to future employers your willingness to understand the range of cultural traditions in our society.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Diversity in Your Degree

You can choose from a great range of topics to study in this field. For example, in first year you can take Conflict and Coexistence: Jews, Christians, Muslims, An Introduction to Asian History, and Culture, Religions and the Modern World, or even Medieval Europe. In second and third year, the list of options is much longer and includes religion, philosophy and history.

Study Overseas

In the Arts Faculty, we strongly encourage you to engage in international study and broaden your view of the world. Religious Studies subjects can be taken as part of a study abroad or exchange experience, or in intensive mode between semesters at our Prato Centre in Italy – where you can immerse yourself first-hand in the Dante’s Medieval World: Politics, Religion and the City unit.

Complementary Study Areas

If you are interested in Religious Studies, you may want to explore other complementary areas of study in the Arts Faculty, such as Ancient Cultures, Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.


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