Comparative Religion

College of Arts and Sciences

The program in Comparative Religion is known for its unusually large range of course offerings in the religious traditions of both the East and West. The faculty has particular strength in history, anthropology, and sociology. Participants in the program have an opportunity to enroll in small classes and interact with a faculty that puts emphasis on maintaining close contact with students. Comparative Religion has four tracks: History of Religions—Western Emphasis; History of Religions—Eastern Emphasis; Religion and Society; and Religion and Symbolic Expression. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion.


Major category: Open

Minor available

Topic: Social sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

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Admission to this major is open. Students in good academic standing can declare this major at any time. List this as your intended major when you apply and be admitted directly.

Although admission is open, students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer. See the  Comparative Religion website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses recommended for the major:

  • RELIG 201 SSc — Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions
  • RELIG 202 SSc — Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions
  • JSIS 201 SSc — Making of the 21st Century (May be taken as a transfer course at Bellevue, Edmonds or Shoreline Colleges)
  • History of civilizations (Chinese, South Asian, European) desirable, not required
  • Religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism)
  • Writing courses



Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 5
Total from Washington community colleges: 0

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes:

Outcomes unavailable for this major. See other majors with similar topic categories.