Religious Studies

 

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Religious Studies program sponsored its first annual lecture series, with two campus talks

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Religion’s Role in Helping and Understanding Others

Our Religious Studies program helps you explore the practices and beliefs of major world religions and world doctrines. Students who wish to pursue a career with a religious organization or non-profit, or are interested in in going into the seminary, will gain a solid educational base in this program. You will learn about critical issues in contemporary life, including the effects of globalization and the relationship between church and state. At the same time, you will discover how religion influences ethnic and race relations, politics and cultural developments around the world. As you navigate the Religious Studies program preparing for transfer to a four-year college, you will acquire excellent critical thinking, writing, discussion and research skills, plus a solid understanding of diverse cultures and traditions.

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Clergy – est. salary $44,085*
Anthropologist
– est. salary $86,736*
Museum Technician and Conservator – est. salary $44,077*
Historian – est. salary $64,078*

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Religious Studies degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FYE 101 - First Year Experiance 3 credits   Major Course FYE 101
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits ENGL 101 must be completed with a “C” grade or higher ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credit   Tech Competency
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher 3 credit Students with a Math Placement score above 118, should not take FNMT 118 Mathematics
RS 101 - Introduction to Religion 3 credit   Humanities Interpretive
Studies Major Course

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required to stay in the program.
In the first 12 credits, students must complete FYE 101
In the first 30 credits, students must complete: ENGL 101 CIS 103 RS 101 RS 151 FNMT 118 or MATH above 118 one Natural Science

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102 Info Literacy
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
3 credit Other Social Science options for the Directed Elective are available with coordinator approval Directed Elective Social Science
RS/PHIL 151 - World Religions 3 credits   Humanities Global Diversity Major Course
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 credit   Humanities
Interpretive
Studies
Major Course
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation 3 credit Other Natural Science options are available with Coordinator approval Natural Science

In the first 30 credits, students must complete:
ENGL 101 CIS 103 RS 101 RS 151 FNMT 118 or MATH above 118 one Natural Science

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type

HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
Foreign Language 101 (Elementary Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish)
3 credits   Directed Elective        Humanities
BHHS 131 - Faith and Spirituality in Human Services or
ECON 112 - Statistics I
3 credit Students considering the ministry or pastoral counseling should take BHHS 131.
Students considering an academic track including quantitative research on religion should take ECON 112.
Other options for the Directed Electives are available with coordinator approval.
Directed Elective
RS 170 -  Religion in American History or
RS 175 -  Religions of Middle East 
3 credits   Social Science American/Global Diversity
Major Course
BIOL 106 - General Biology I 3 credit   Directed Elective

ANTH112 - Cultural Anthropology or
POLS 112 - Introduction to International Relations 

3 credit Other options for the General Electives are available with coordinator approval General Elective

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required to stay in the program. Meet with Religious Studies coordinator to finalize last 15 credits based on transfer institution.

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
RS 152/PHIL 152 - Philosophy of Religion or
RS 180 - Asian Religions 
3 credits   Humanities Interpretive Studies
Major Course
HIST 121 - Global History I or
HIST 122 - Global History II
3 credit Other options for the Directed Electives are available with coordinator approval Humanities Interpretive Studies
Writing Intensive Directed Elective
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication
3 credits   Major Course
ART 103 - History of Art I or
ART 104 - History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern or
ADC 221 - History of Architecture and Interiors I or
MUS 105 - Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras
3 credit   Major Course Arts

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required to stay in the program. Meet with Religious Studies coordinator to finalize transfer plans.

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.

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