Religious Studies

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Interim Dean: Andrew Harris

Religious Studies Program

HUM 388
Phone: 415-338-1596

Coordinator: Michael Sudduth
Undergraduate Advisors: Mohammad Azadpur, Pamela Hood, Fred Astren

Program Scope

The Minor in Religious Studies program offers students the opportunity to study the full spectrum of humankind’s religious heritage from an interdisciplinary perspective. Religion is an individual as well as a social phenomenon and the curriculum takes the students through both realms. Basic value questions are investigated from the viewpoint of religion, of disciplines looking at religion and of the individual in a pluralistic, unsettled world. More than half the minor is individually selected in consultation with an advisor, though the courses must represent the different dimensions of the religious experience as listed below. Students may focus their course combination in the minor on a specific religious tradition such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism; on a particular issue common to different religions; or on a particular culture or historical period.

As an interdisciplinary minor, religious studies can be taken in conjunction with any major.

Career Outlook

The religious studies minor provides an excellent background for those considering the ministry, social work, counseling, politics, law, or teaching at any level. As a help in shaping a person's own view of the meaning and purpose of life, it can be of lasting value whatever one's career.

Minor in Religious Studies

Religious Studies, Minor — 21 units

Introduction to Religious Traditions (3 units)

PHIL 502World Religions3
or comparable course taken at another institution

The Nature of Religious Experience (3 units)

PHIL 525/RELS 300The Nature of Religious Experience3
or PHIL 500 Philosophy of Religion

The Dimensions of Religious Experience (12 units)

Select one course from each of the following categories; no more than two courses from a single discipline.
The Expressive Dimensions of Religious Experience
ART 202Western Art History II3
ART 205Asian Art History3
ENG 503Studies in Medieval Literature3
ENG 525Studies in American Literature3
ENG 580Individual Authors3
ENG 589Milton3
DANC 430Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World3
DANC 657Ethnology of Dance3
MUS 505Music of the World's Peoples3
TH A 401Theatre Backgrounds: 500 B.C.-16423
CWL 260Myths of the World3
The Study of Particular Religious Traditions
AFRS 326Black Religion3
AIS 310American Indian Religion and Philosophy3
AIS 450American Indian Science3
CLAS 230Ancient Epic Tales3
ENG 501Age of Chaucer3
ENG 630Selected Studies3
HIST 110History of Western Civilization I3
HIST 111History of Western Civilization II3
HIST 321Hellenistic Greece3
HIST 326The Byzantine Empire3
HIST 328Early Christian Church to 3133
HIST 329Early Christian Church: 313-7873
HIST 331The High Middle Ages3
HIST 336The Reformation3
HIST 480Thought and Culture in America to 18803
HUM 403The Early Middle Ages3
HUM 404The High Middle Ages3
JS 410/PHIL 514Kabbalah and Mysticism in the Jewish Tradition3
JS 425Judaism: Religion and Text3
JS/PHIL 501Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
PHIL 302Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 436Islamic Political Philosophy3
PHIL 509The Buddhist Tradition3
PHIL 511Chinese Philosophy and Religion3
PHIL 516Islamic Philosophy3
PHIL 530Selected Religious Thinkers3
WGS 565Muslim Feminisms3
The Study of Religious Phenomena: Disciplinary Perspectives
ANTH 570Anthropology of Religion3
HUM 345Humanism and Mysticism3
PHIL 500Philosophy of Religion3

The Senior Experience (3 units)

RELS 696Directed Reading in Religious Studies3