Religious Education (University Core)

Program Purpose


The Doctrinal Foundations and Religious Electives aim to help students develop a greater appreciation for theirs and others' lives through the intentional development of a personal relationship with God and man. The program facilitates faith-promoting opportunities and experiences that help the students develop reverence and respect for the life, mission, and teachings of Jesus Christ and his humble disciples-both inside and outside His Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It helps them develop Christ-centered communication and leadership skills necessary to invite the Spirit's guidance in their approach to their personal missions and ambitions, obstacles, and doubts.

Students who apply themselves to gospel-centered living throughout the course of their studies at Brigham Young University will experience an augmented understanding and perspective that will help them realize their divine nature and the fruits thereof, and progress toward eternal life. Our program seeks to help through providing development opportunities in the following areas:

Curricular Structure

Religious Education Course Information

Undergraduate Catalog Listing of Courses - Ancient Scripture

Undergraduate Catalog Listing of Courses - Church History and Doctrine

Learning Outcomes


Christ-centered Character, Service and Learning

Christ-centered Character and Leadership

Eternal Vision and Perspective

Students will be able to demonstrate increasing competency and understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the history and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Gospel knowledge
Christ-centered Study Skills and Behaviors

Students will be able to increasingly exemplify Christ-centered attributes and behaviors which evidence personal conversion and resilience.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Lifelong learning
Source Evaluation

Students will demonstrate an increasing ability to critically evaluate source material in search for faith-building answers and resolutions to sincere questions about principles and doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Think soundly
Christ-centered Teaching Skills and Behaviors

Students will be able to produce Christ-centered teaching skills and behaviors for building up the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Communicate effectively
Christ-centered Service

Students will be able to demonstrate dedication to Christ-centered lives as evidenced through service.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Lifelong service
Writing and Oral Presentation Skills

Students will be able to effectively express gospel beliefs and values through oral and written discussion. 

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement