Religious Studies


Overview & Academics

The RELIGIOUS STUDIES Program will teach students to think profoundly and communicate clearly about societal issues and existential human questions through research, reading, writing, and discussion. Students will develop a mature understanding of Judeo-Christian traditions and a deep appreciation for other major religions.

Religious Studies Faculty

Department Contact

Andrew Stern, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Religious Studies Program Coordinator
Ph.D., Emory University
252.985.5119
astern@ncwc.edu

Jung H. Choi, Th.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Th.D., Harvard University
252.985.5576
jchoi@ncwc.edu

Career Options

  • Clergy
  • Family Counseling
  • Youth Director
  • Missionary
  • Writer
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Teacher

Major Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours in religion courses including:
REL 101 or 115, 427 (3 semester hours)
BIB 201, 202, 320, 402 (3 semester hours)
HIS 309, 325, 326 (3 semester hours)
ETH 340, 401 (3 semester hours)
Global 220, 235
Appropriate group and independent studies may be substituted for courses in each area.

Minor Requirements
REL 101 or 115, 201 or 202, 220
Religion electives may be chosen from any three upper-level Religion courses.
(9 semester hours)

Religious Studies Undergraduate Plan*

Fall Semester Credits
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
Biblical Studies Major Requirement 3
ENG 112 Writing II 3
HIS/POL Social Science Requirement 3
ART/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
Historical Religious Studies Major Requirement 3
Mathematics Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Lab Requirement 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16


Spring Semester Credits
Systematic Religious Studies Major Requirement 3
Ethics Requirement 3
Global Religious Studies Requirement  3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
Ethical Cultural Religious Studies Major Requirement 3
International Studies Requirement 3
PHY/SOC Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
Religious Studies Elective 3
Religious Studies Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
Religious Studies Elective 3
ENG Literature Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 12


Spring Semester Credits
REL 427 Religious Studies Seminar 3
GEO/JUS/ECO Social Science Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

* The four-year degree plan provided is just a guide and not an actual expectation of courses that students have to take during specific semesters. Each student may have a unique graduation plan based on transfer credit, courses offerings, course load taken, summer course options, intended career/graduate school plans, etc. An advisor will work one-on-one with students to customize a four-year degree plan during a student’s first semester if requested by the student.