Liberal Arts AA – Religion Option

Code: AA.LA.REL

The Religious Studies option introduces students to the basic problems and methods of theology; to the sacred literatures of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other religious traditions; and to the history, basic beliefs, and characteristic practices of the major religions of the world.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the relationship between religion and culture.
  • Apply academic methodologies to the study of religion.
  • Analyze sacred texts and traditions recognizing the various hermeneutical approaches.
  • Defend positions on religious issues with critical precision, clarity and rigor, both orally and in writing.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester


Free Elective* 3
COM Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
MAT Mathematics/ INF Elective*† 4
PHR-120Introduction to Religion

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective 3

PHR-121Religions of the World

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

PHR  Religion Program Requirement Elective 3
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  History Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours:13

Fourth Semester

  Humanities Elective 6
  Social Science Elective 3
  Diversity Course Recommended:
PHR-106, PHR-121, PHR-122, PHR-124,
PHR-125, PHR-126, PHR-127
3
  Free Elective‡‡ 3

Total Credit Hours:15

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities

  Humanities Elective (not in Philosophy or Religion and not in History)* 3
PHR-120Introduction to Religion

3

PHR-121Religions of the World

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements


PHR-120Introduction to Religion

3

PHR-121Religions of the World

3

-Plus ONE of the following courses:

PHR-122Women and Religion

3

PHR-124The Christian Scriptures

3

PHR-125The Hebrew Scriptures

3

PHR-126The Islamic Scriptures

3

PHR-127The Buddhist Scriptures

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

General Education Diversity Course Elective. Recommended: PHR-106; PHR-122; PHR-124; PHR-125; PHR-126 or PHR-127.

‡‡Recommended: Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Religion or Philosophy course.