Program: Religious Studies, B.A.

Program Description

The Religious Studies major is designed to provide a liberal arts education with an emphasis on the critical study of religion, culture, and society. The Religious Studies major provides an excellent basis from which to pursue careers requiring critical thinking, community engagement, problem solving, communication skills, and awareness of human diversity.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (6 units)

RS 100 Introduction to Religious Studies (3)

Select one course from the following:

RS 101 The Bible (3)
RS 150 World Religions (3)
RS 240 Approaches to the History of Religions (3)

2. Upper Division (36 units)

a. Required Junior-Level Course (3 units)

RS 395 Theory and Method in Religious Studies (3)

b. Upper Division Electives (30 units)

Choose from any upper division Religious Studies courses through consultation with the department chair. Up to two upper division courses (totaling 6 units) in Jewish Studies (JS) will count toward RS electives. Six units of the study of a foreign language at the university level (or its equivalent) may be used for one 3 unit elective in the major. Consult with the department chair for approval.

c. Proseminar (3 units)

RS 497B Proseminar in Religious Studies (3)

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

If taken, JS 300 satisfies C1 Arts or C2 Humanities and fulfills the Information Competence requirement; RS 100, RS 101 or RS 307 satisfies C2 Humanities; RS 240 satisfies D1 Social Sciences; RS 150, RS 306, RS 365, RS 378, RS 380, RS 385 and/or RS 390 satisfies 3-6 units of F Comparative Cultural Studies (RS 306, RS 378 or RS 390 also fulfills the Information Competence requirement).

Total Units in the Major: 42

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 30

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of Religious Studies
Chair: Mustafa Ruzgar
Santa Susana Hall (SN) 234
(818) 677-3392

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic religious literacy and situate religion and religious phenomena in social, cultural, and historical contexts.
  2. Critically analyze how religion shapes culture, and culture shapes religion, as they intersect with categories such as gender, race, ethnicity, and class.
  3. Identify and apply multiple methodological approaches to the study of religious phenomena and apply theoretical frameworks to a specific research problem or question in the academic study of religion.
  4. Think both empathetically and critically about religious phenomena as a means to construct worldviews and meaning-making and articulate one’s own role and participation in society in light of the cultural differences and commonalities that result from these.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Religious Studies - AA-T in Global Studies (2024-Present)

Religious Studies - AA-T in Philosophy (2024-Present)

Religious Studies - AA-T in Social Justice Studies (2024-Present)

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