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Online Institute Undergraduate Degree Completion

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Bachelor of Arts in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a focus in Religious Studies

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If you are pursuing a leadership role in the education ministry of the Church, we invite you to complete the academic requirements by earning your bachelor’s degree in Social Behavior and Sciences with a focus in Religious Studies. The Felician program is fully online and each course runs for 15 weeks (with the exception of one 12-week course: RELED 503). Applicants are required to have the minimum of an associate degree – 60 credits.

Tuition Discount

We offer a 50% discount for qualified students in the bachelor’s degree completion program who serve in church education ministry, such as parish and diocesan catechetical leaders, pastoral associates, clergy, vowed religious, religious education teachers (K-12), youth ministers, volunteer catechists, RCIA coordinators and other qualified persons. Please complete the 50% Ministerial Discount Form.      

Required Courses

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The degree requires eight core courses (24 credits) in Social and Behavioral Sciences study:

HIST 340 – Aging in America
SOC 305 – Global Problems and Perceptions of Capitalism
SOC 405 – Living in American Society
PSYC 301 – Educational Psychology
PSYC 380 – Psychology of the Family
PSYC 409 – Counseling Principles & Procedures
PSCI 402 – The Developing World
RELS 410 – Seminar in Religious Studies or Ministry

Religious Studies Focus Courses (24 credits) 

Choose, in consultation with the program advisor, seven courses from the first eight listed below)

RELS 301 – Comparative World Religions
RELS 303 – Religion and Psychology
RELS 306 – Peace, Justice, & Contemporary Social Issues
RELS 307 – Jesus of History, Christ of Faith
RELS 308 – The Franciscan Tradition
RELS 316 – Spirituality, Meditation, & Mysticism
RELS 320 – The Foundations of Theology
RELS 405 – God, Suffering, & Evil
RELED 503** – Religious Education Through the Scriptures (this is a graduate course that serves as credit for both the undergraduate and graduate programs)

 ** Required

Electives (12 credits)

Choose, in consultation with the program advisor, any four online undergraduate courses offered in the Arts and Sciences curriculum

Complete course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirements for Admission

  • Students must hold an Associate’s Degree (60 credits) from an accredited institution
  • A completed application for admission
  • Official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Completed ministerial discount form
  • A verification of identification in the form of either a:
  1. Notarized copy of a valid passport (photo page with signature) or
  2. Notarized copy of a valid government-issued photo (such as a driver’s license

Program Schedule

Courses begin January 2016.