Religious Studies Major

Why Study Religion?

Religious Studies is a disciplined analysis and reflections upon religious dimensions of human life. Utilizing a wide spectrum of methodologies from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Religious Studies explores what makes persons religious, elements of religious being, and what roles religion plays in personal, cultural, and social identities, along with historical analysis.

Religious Studies offers an exceptional way to explore cultural diversity, history of cultural and religious traditions, the reading of classical texts, and values in contemporary culture. As such, Religious Studies is much like many other disciplines within the University that offer a critical approach to matters of history, culture, literature, and values. But many Religious Studies majors also find that it offers them a superb vehicle for their own self-exploration and ther search for direction in life. After graduation RS majors explore many different career paths (we've graduated people who go on to be lawyers, social workers, teachers, professors, counsellors, and vagabonds), but nearly all RS majors find that the study of religion was indispensable in helping them discover their own direction and the values that they hold most dear.

Degree Program

We offer a Bachelor of Arts with both a major and a minor in Religious Studies.
The major requires 30 units - the minor requires 18 units.

Class Schedule

To see the Spring 2014 classes offered through the Religious Studies department, view the class schedule.

For the line-up of classes, Spring 2014, see the following link: Why Study Religion, 2014.

For a listing of courses for the Fall 2014 Semester, see the following link: Fall 2014 Classes.

Course Listing

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  Course Number
Course Title / Description
Offered

Introduction

RS 105

World Religions

Fall & Spring

RS 120

Exploring Religion

Fall

Religion in Tradition
(5 Courses)

RS 320

Sacred Texts: Hebrew Bible

Rotating

RS 321

Sacred Texts: New Testament

Rotating

RS 322

Sacred Texts: Buddhist Texts

Rotating

RS 323

Sacred Texts: Hindu Texts

Rotating

RS 330

Introduction to Judaism

Rotating

RS 331

Introduction to Christianity

Rotating

RS 332

Introduction to Islam

Rotating

RS 340

Zen, Dharma, & Tao

Rotating

RS 341

Spiritual Traditions of India

Rotating

RS 342

Buddhism in India and Tibet

Rotating

RS 345

T'ai Chi Ch'üan (Taijiquan)

Rotating

RS 350

Religions of the Goddesses

Rotating

RS 391

Religion in Tradition: Special Topics

Rotating

RS 392

Sacred Literature: Special Topics

Rotating

Religion in Myth, Culture, and Experience
(9 Units, no more than 3 from experiential workshops)

RS 300

Living Myths

Fall & Spring

RS 360

Religion & Psychology

Rotating

RS 361

Consumerism & (Eco)Spirituality

Rotating

RS 362

Wisdom & Craft

Rotating

RS 363

Mysticism & Madness

Rotating

RS 393

Cinema & the Sacred

Rotating

RS 393

Religion in Myth, Culture, & Experience: Special Topics

Rotating

RS 394

Religious Studies Workshop

Rotating

RS 400

Paths to the Center

Fall

NAS 311

Comparative Native American Mythology

Rotating

Senior Seminar

RS 395

Senior Seminar

Spring