Religious Studies Associate in Arts Degree


The Religious Studies Associate of Arts Degree is designed for those who want a humanities undergraduate background focusing on religion as a preparation for further study in such fields as education, law, social work, counseling and government service; wish to pursue further studies in religion with the aim of teaching and/or doing research in the subject, or are considering a career in various religious ministries or in religious education. Religious Studies examines Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other less familiar traditions. Studying religious traditions develops habits of mind that are very important for life in our multicultural society. Familiarity with the world’s religions is necessary for an understanding of church-state issues in America and of geo-political conflicts in South Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere. This degree requires a total of 18 units.

Required Courses (12 units):
PHIL 101 F Introduction to Religious Studies3
PHIL 105 FWorld Religions3
or PHIL 105HF Honors World Religions
PHIL 200 F Introduction to Christianity3
PHIL 270 F Introduction to Asian Religions3
Restricted Electives (6 units):6
Folklore and Mythology3
Honors Folklore and Mythology
World Civilizations to 1550 (formerly World Civilizations I)3
Honors World Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Honors World Civilizations I)
World Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly World Civilizations II)3
Honors World Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Honors World Civilizations II)
Ancient Egypt3
Asian Civilizations I (formerly HIST 160AF)3
Introduction to the Middle East3
Honors Introduction to the Middle East
Introduction to Philosophy3
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics3
Logic and Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking/Writing3
Women's Issues in Philosophy3
History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval3
History of Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary3
Introduction to Judaism3
The Holocaust (formerly PHIL 198AF)3
The American Religious Experience3
The Religion of Islam3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Compare and contrast at least two methods used to study religion.

Outcome 2: Compare and contrast at least two of the major religious traditions, focusing on an ethical aspect and on an aspect of worship.

Outcome 3: Identify and explain at least two major theological issues dividing Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.

Outcome 4: Identify and explain at least two aspects of the world-views held by at least two of the major Asian religious traditions.