Major in Religious Studies

Majors in Religious Studies must complete 36 units of course work, 12 from a set of Area Requirements. Three courses (9 units) at the introductory level are designed to provide students with broad, working knowledge of Western and Asian religious traditions. An advanced course at the 400 level (3 units) assumes knowledge and skills students will have acquired in their course work in Religious Studies. It engages students in critical reflection on religious phenomena broadly conceived and represents the culmination of their experience as Religious Studies Majors. Of the remaining 24 elective units, no fewer than 18 are to be selected from courses in Religious Studies; 6 units may be selected from related disciplines in consultation with students’ academic advisers and with the approval of the department chair.

Area 1 (Required courses) (6 Units)
RLST 105INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION3
RLST 470SEMINAR IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES3
Area 2 (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM
Area 3 (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM
RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS OF ASIA
Electives (24 Units)
Select 24 elective units:24
No fewer than 18 units are to be selected from RLST courses
6 units may be selected from related disciplines in consultation with academic advisers and with the approval of the department chair
No fewer than 18 units must be at the 300 or 400 level
Total Units36

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 (Core 1)3RLST 105 (Area 1)3
Core 33TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
One course from Area 23One course from Area 33
RLST Elective3RLST Elective3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
Core or Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
RLST Elective3RLST Elective3
RLST Elective3RLST Elective3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
RLST 470 (or equivalent)3RLST or other approved Elective3
RLST or other approved Elective3RLST or other approved Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120

1. Demonstrate content knowledge of world religions.
2. Demonstrate ability to compare culturally and historically diverse religious phenomena.
3. Exhibit understanding of and apply methods utilized in the academic study of religion in the analysis, explanation, and/or critical evaluation of religious phenomena.
4. Write clearly and persuasively for a variety of purposes and for different audiences, and revise and improve such texts
5. Read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate written discourse
6. Engage intellectually and seek to understand the experiences and views of people with different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, whether in one’s own country or abroad

7. Make use of scholarly information sources and technologies both online and offline in order to access information effectively and evaluate critically the sources and content of that information.