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Studies in Religion

About the major

Students take part in a vibrant scholarly community in Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. Through a wide variety of research-based projects, community-engaged investigations, online tasks, tutorial presentations and discussions, students are encouraged to delve deeply and creatively into the academic study of religion in ways that develop the student’s confidence and competence in this field.

The chief outcome of this major is the ability of students to use their acquired knowledge and skills in a variety of academic and non-academic situations. These include the understanding of important methodological themes behind the teaching of the discipline at primary and high school level, contributing to public policy, being able to critically analyse the role religion plays in other fields of study, and, in understanding diverse religions as significant aspects of the historic and contemporary multi-ethnic, multi-faith world.

The Discipline also offers Open Learning Environment units (OLET2142 Sacred Feasts: Ritual Food and Drink) available from Table O of the Interdisciplinary Handbook.

Requirements for completion

The Studies in Religion major and minor requirements are listed in the Studies in Religion unit of study table.


Honours is a stimulating and prestigious way to cap off your undergraduate studies, and involves a methodology seminar, an honours seminar and the writing of a thesis in which you personally devise and research a project under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Honours admission requirements

Admission into honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and requires the completion of a major in Studies in Religion with an average of 70 percent or above and, where undertaking the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, completion of a second major.

Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units, prior to commencing honours.

Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the Studies in Religion honours units of study page.

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