Provides both broad overviews and focused study of the world’s religious traditions. Students explore the histories, religious beliefs, philosophies, practices, mythologies, arts, and other aspects of religions using methodologies from the social sciences and humanities. The program provides a foundation for the transfer of earned credits to colleges and universities where students can continue their studies in religion or other academic disciplines. Foundations of the program include courses in Religious Traditions of the World, Introduction to the Academic Study of Religions, Eastern Religions, and Western Religions. Additional classes offer more focused explorations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Native American Religious Traditions. Other key courses include The Bible as Literature, African American Religious Experience and Expression, and Myths and Symbols. Supporting and elective courses provide students with opportunities to study cultural anthropology, art, history, and philosophy. Special topics and directed study courses are also available—allowing a student to examine religious studies topics of personal interest, above and beyond those in the catalog.
- Distinguish between academic and theological approaches to studying Religion.
- Compare the institutional aspects (myths, symbols, rituals, values, and practices) and the material expressions (art, music and dance, clothing, architecture, texts, and ritual objects) of the world’s major religions.
- Compare and contrast the major characteristics of religions generally identified as “Eastern” and “Western.”
- Describe the primary personalities, events, beliefs and practices associated with the world’s major religions.
- Compare and contrast the histories, beliefs, and practices of major branches in the world’s major religions.
- Describe the role of religion in the formation and maintenance of personal and community identity.
- Describe ways in which religious thinkers have addressed important philosophical questions.
- Analyze geo-political implications of modernization on religious activity.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete:
Computer Technology: Complete:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete one:
- MATH-1091, MATH-1092, MATH-1093, and MATH-1094, OR MATH-110: Intermediate Algebra
- MATH-112: Trigonometry
- MATH-115: College Algebra
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-153: Calculus for Business, Life Science, and Social Sciences
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-283: Linear Algebra
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24
Wellness Group: Complete one:
Humanities: This requirement is fulfilled within the Required Core Courses.
Science and Mathematics: Complete two science courses (8 credit hours minimum) from two different disciplines, one with a lab, from among: Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Science (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Geology (GEOL), Physics (PHYS) or Science (SCI).
Social Science: Complete:
NOTE: Degree-Specific minimum credits: 13
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Requirements are Subject to Change
- Central Michigan University
- Madonna University
- Marygrove College
- Concordia University in Ann Arbor
- Wayne State University
- University of Michigan - Dearborn