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Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (120 units)

Students interested in this program should apply to the department chair.


The Religious Studies major is organized into four areas of study. Religious Texts examines texts from the world's religious traditions and their historical and cultural contexts. Religious Traditions (Group A) includes coursework in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and Religious Traditions (Group B), coursework in Buddhism, the religions of Japan, the religions of South Asia, the religions of Southeast Asia, and indigenous religions. The fourth area of study is Religion in the Contemporary World.

A minimum of 36 units is required as follows:

Core Courses:

Take 6 units from the following:

  • R/ST 100, R/ST 101, R/ST 111, R/ST 200, R/ST 201

Take the following course:

  • R/ST 401 Theory and Methods in Study of Religion (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Area Courses:

27 units selected from the following four categories, with at least 3 units in each.*

Religious Texts:

  • R/ST 210, R/ST 311, R/ST 312, R/ST 313A, R/ST 313B, R/ST 318, R/ST 319, R/ST 320A, R/ST 320B, R/ST 322, R/ST 375, R/ST 376, R/ST 490**, R/ST 499**

Religious Traditions (Group A):

  • R/ST 230, R/ST 314, R/ST 315, R/ST 317, R/ST 331, R/ST 337, R/ST 383, R/ST 460, R/ST 467, R/ST 471, R/ST 472, R/ST 490**, R/ST 499**

Religious Traditions (Group B):

  • R/ST 313A, R/ST 313B, R/ST 341, R/ST 344, R/ST 351, R/ST 352, R/ST 353, R/ST 358, R/ST 490**, R/ST 499**

Religion in the Contemporary World:

  • R/ST 202, R/ST 208, R/ST 240, R/ST 301, R/ST 302, R/ST 303, R/ST 308, R/ST 362, R/ST 383, R/ST 391, R/ST 402, R/ST 410, R/ST 457, R/ST 458, R/ST 490**, R/ST 499**

*Courses with a subject focus on religion that are offered by other departments can be articulated into the major (up to 6 units).

**When the subject matter of a special topics or directed studies course is applicable, the course may be used.

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