The Religious Studies program 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. Completion of the associate degree in Religious Studies constitutes the first two years of college coursework.
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.
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Arts Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Arts degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education when applicable.