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Religious Studies


The Religious Studies program is designed for students preparing to transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution with a major in religion or theology, students contemplating a career in religion either as a scholar or a cleric, students who want to explore their own religious beliefs in relation to the beliefs of others, and students interested in the role of religion in the contemporary world.

The Religious Studies curriculum is for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or professional schools after study at the Community College of Philadelphia. Students are expected to consult with an academic advisor, counselor and or Department Chair upon entry to the program and in subsequent semesters.

Transfer planning should begin early so that the student can gain the most benefit from the curriculum. Students who follow the Religious Studies curriculum and plan to attend a specific four-year college after graduation should choose elective courses that duplicate as closely as possible those in the first two years of the program of that college.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical analysis of arguments and evaluation of an argument’s major assertions, its background assumptions and the evidence used to support its assertions.
  • Communicate effectively through written and oral means including essays, research papers and classroom presentations.
  • Discuss and analyze the history and significance of major world religious traditions as cultural, social and intellectual phenomena.
  • Identify and explain the use of history, philosophy, social science and theology in the study of religion.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College’s placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Religious Studies, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 (“C“ average).

Religious Studies Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
First Semester
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology*   3 Tech Comp
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher   3 Mathematics
RS 101 - Introduction to Religion   3 Interpretive Studies
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy   3  
Second Semester
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL102, Info Lit
RS/PHIL 151 - World Religions   3 Am/Global Diversity
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
  3 Social Sciences
Religious Studies Electives—choose one from the list below
RS/PHIL 152 - Philosophy of Religion
RS/HIST 170 - Religion in American History
RS 175 - Religions of the Middle East, or
RS 180 - Asian Religions
Laboratory Science   4 Natural Science
Third Semester
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities
The Arts**   3  
Science Elective   3/4  
Religious Studies Electives—choose one from the list above   3  
Social Science Elective (Global Diversity)**   3  
Fourth Semester
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated as Writing Intensive. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements to help in your selection.

* Qualified students are eligible to earn credit by examination for CIS 103.

** View the Liberal Arts Course Selection Guide to see which courses fulfill Liberal Arts requirements.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.