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Athens State University’s religious studies programs are designed for any individual interested in gaining a broad perspective of major religious traditions across the world and strengthening their knowledge and understanding of religious subject matter. Through the programs, you’ll study topics such as theology, world religions, religious ethics and history, biblical studies, and religious education.

The non-denominational programs provide students an opportunity to learn about religion in a neutral setting while promoting critical thinking and research in an open, honest environment. Both the bachelor’s degree program in Religion and the master’s degree program in Religious Studies can be completed entirely online. First introduced at Athens State in 1938, religious programs prepare graduates for a career in pastoral leadership, teaching, research, social work, counseling, and other service-minded professions.

Master’s Degree

  • Available completely online or in a blended setting
  • Choose from a thesis track or non-thesis track

Bachelor’s Degree

  • Available completely online or on-campus
  • Ranked as one of the “Best Bachelor’s in Ministry Degree Programs for 2019” in the nation

This program is delivered 100% online

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Why Choose Athens State University?

If you have existing college credit, Athens State is the perfect solution to finish what you started!

Personalized Support

Earn an online degree from an institution with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, meaning you get personalized attention and support all along the way

Incredible Value

As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, you can rest assured that you are getting the best value for your investment

Completion College

As an upper-division institution, your goal is our goal – we focus on helping you finish what you started, advance your career, and meet your personal goals

Expert Faculty

Learn from the best and brightest – faculty members who know what knowledge and skills are needed to succeed in a competitive job market

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Athens State University was founded in 1822, making it the oldest continuously-operated institute of higher learning in the state of Alabama. Offering over 50 undergraduate majors and degree options, in addition to graduate programs, Athens State focuses on providing affordable, flexible, and high-quality options for all learners.

Athens State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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Classes Begin:
May 18, 2020

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300 N. Beaty Street | Athens, Alabama 35611
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Late Registration Ends:
May 26, 2020