Associate in Arts, Religious Studies

The Associate in Arts (AA), Religious Studies program contains the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in religious studies. Students will learn about theology and world religions, as well as the historical significance and sociocultural contexts of people`s faiths. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue positions including human and social services assistant, director of religious or educational programs, museum technician, funeral attendant, tour guide, or clergy. With a graduate degree, students may pursue positions such as reporter, correspondent, social and community service manager, teacher, or college professors in areas such as religious studies or cultural studies.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Compare and contrast multiple religious traditions and the phenomena of religion across and within cultures. (REL100, REL151, REL205, REL207, REL225, REL270, REL/WST292, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB])
  • Apply a range of methodological and theoretical approaches to religious phenomena. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL207, REL225, REL270, REL/WST292, (COM), (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Examine religious phenomena, including issues of ethical and social responsibility, from a perspective of critical inquiry and analysis of both the other and the self. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL206, REL207, REL225, REL270, REL/WST292, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of religious phenomena to lived, practical contexts, both historical and current. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL206, REL207, REL225, REL270, REL/WST292, (COM), [FYC], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Employ knowledge of religious phenomena and the skills of religious studies in the solving of complex problems, including those raised in the personal and social engagement of issues of life, death, love, sex, violence, suffering, and meaning. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL206, REL207, REL225, REL270, REL/WST292, (COM), [FYC], [SB], [SG], [SQ])

Details

Major Code: 
8138
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Religious Studies
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3-23
REL100World Religions3
Complete 16 to 20 credits of Foreign Language coursework through the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language course(s)
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6-18
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (generally 64).
Information regarding the articulation of MCCCD courses at the Arizona public universities can be accessed via the following website: www.aztransfer.com.
Subplan 1: Arizona State University (ASU): Religious Studies (Religion, Culture, and Public Life), Bachelor of Arts (BA)
REL207Ritual, Symbol, and Myth3
REL270Introduction to Christianity3
Complete 0-6 credits of coursework (except courses used to satisfy other requirements) that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: AFR, AIS, AMS, APA, ARS, ASB, GCU, HST, JUS, PHI, SGS, SOC, WST.
Subplan 2: Arizona State University (ASU): Religious Studies (Religion, Politics, and Global Affairs), Bachelor of Arts (BA)
REL205Religion and the Modern World3
REL225African-American Religions3
Complete 0-6 credits of coursework (except courses used to satisfy other requirements) that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: AFR, AIS, AMS, APA, ARS, ASB, GCU, HST, JUS, PHI, SGS, SOC, WST.
Subplan 3: Northern Arizona University (NAU): Comparative Cultural Studies, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
HUM245Introduction to Holocaust Studies3
Complete 0-9 credits of REL coursework that transfers to NAU as REL direct equivalents or REL departmental electives.
Complete 6 credits of coursework (except courses used to satisfy other requirements) from two different course prefixes that transfer to NAU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following NAU course prefixes: ACM, ARH, CINE, HUM, LAS.
Subplan 4: University of Arizona (UA): Religious Studies, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
AIS213/REL203American Indian Religions (3) OR
REL151Religion in the Hispanic World (3)3
REL/WST292Goddess Religions (3) OR
PHI/REL244Philosophy of Religion (3)3
AIS213/REL203American Indian Religions (3) OR
REL206Religion in America (3) OR
REL151Religion in the Hispanic World (3)3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-35
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG/SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area unless met by CRE101 or COM225 or AIS213/REL203.0-3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0
Met by REL100 in Required Courses AND
AIS213/REL203or HUM245 or PHI/REL244 or REL151 or REL205 or REL206 or REL207 or REL225 or REL270 in Restricted Electives.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4)8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by REL100 in Required Courses.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-25
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits, but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.

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