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Religious Studies (AA) Philosophy, Humanities, and Religious Studies Total Units: 19
Term Effective: Fall 2020


The Religious Studies Associate of Arts Degree Program prepares students for all and any transfer options in the area of religious studies such as upper division degrees in religious studies, biblical studies, archeology, theological or ministry paths, history, literature, humanities and interdisciplinary studies.

The Religious Studies major is dedicated to the scholarly, historical/critical approach to the study of religious texts and traditions and works within the larger setting of the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate greater awareness of global religious traditions and their origins;
  2. apply the appropriate lexicon to discuss religions in socio-historical contextual terms;
  3. demonstrate skills in critical analysis of religious claims; and
  4. identify the major world religions and their major branches in order to distinguish among different types of religions.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Religious Studies (AA) program are:

  • Complete 19 units from
    • Religious Studies Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Religious Studies Requirements - complete 18.00 units
RELS 1 Introduction to Religious Studies3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
HUMAN 8 Comparative Mythology3.00
RELS 2 World Religions3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
PHIL 11 Introduction to Asian Philosophy3.00
RELS 3 History of God3.00
RELS 7 Wisdom Religions of Asia3.00
RELS 8 Buddhism3.00
RELS 15 Islam3.00
RELS 21 The Hebrew Bible3.00
RELS 22 Jesus and the Invention of Christianity3.00
RELS 32 Religion in America3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2 Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 3 Prehistory & Archaeology3.00
ANTHRO 31 Mesoamerican Origins of Latino Culture3.00
ANTHRO 32 Native Cultures of North America3.00
ART 2.1 History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
ART 2.2 History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
HIST 4.1 History of Western Civilization to 1648 C.E.3.00
HIST 4.2 History of Western Civilization from 1648 C.E.3.00
HIST 17.1 History of the United States to 18773.00
HIST 18.1 History of Women in the United States to 18773.00
PHIL 6 Introduction to Philosophy3.00
PHIL 7 Contemporary Moral Issues3.00
PHIL 20 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval3.00
PHIL 21 History of Western Philosophy: Modern3.00
PSYCH 56 Aging, Dying and Death3.00
RELS 6.66 History of Satan3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2020

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Religious Studies - effective Fall 2019
Religious Studies - effective Fall 2017
Religious Studies - effective Fall 2016
Religious Studies - effective Fall 2013
Religious Studies - effective Spring 2011
Religious Studies - effective Fall 2010
Religious Studies - effective Fall 2007

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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Philosophy, Humanities, and Religious Studies