Religious Studies

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Provides a broad overview of the worlds’ religious traditions. Students explore the histories, beliefs, practices, and philosophies of these religions using the analytical principles of the social sciences and humanities. The program provides a foundation for transfer to universities where students can continue their studies in religion or other disciplines. The foundations of the program include courses in comparative world religions, the Bible as literature, and additional courses that address modes of religious experience, cultural myths, and symbols in religion. Additional courses provide in-depth study in either Western religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam or the Eastern religions, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism. Additional required courses include study in philosophy, history, anthropology, and world regional geography. A variety of elective courses for the Religious Studies program consist of classes in archaeology, art, world languages, history, and the anthropology of the Middle East. Students must also complete all general education requirements that provide a foundation for writing and computer literacy.

Degree-Specific Requirements

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Social Science
World Religion


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William Secrest • (313) 845-6441 • • Liberal Arts • Room: L-104

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Central Michigan University
  • Madonna University
  • Marygrove College
  • Concordia University in Ann Arbor
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn