Religious Studies Program

Program Overview

The Religious Studies program at Cal State L.A. was established in the early 1980s. The minor aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of the complexity of the many dimensions of religion, the analytical methodologies in comparative religious studies, and the particular characteristics of the major religious traditions of the world as well as new religions and spirituality movements. Its courses have a strong interdisciplinary focus, emphasizing anthropological, historical, literary, philosophical, political, and sociological approaches to the study of religion.

In addition to Religious Studies (RELS) classes, the minor includes elective options offered by the departments of Anthropology, Art, Chicano Studies, English, History, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Pan African Studies, Philosophy, Physics, the School of Nurising, and Sociology, including several interdepartmental courses. Religious Studies is also well-integrated into the General Education program at Cal State L.A., with regular course offerings on such topics as Emotion in Religion and Gender and Sex in the Diversity of World Religions attracting large numbers of students from a wide range of majors.

A checklist of the program requirements for the Religious Studies minor can be downloaded here.

 

Why Pursue a Minor in Religious Studies?

  • personal interest and enrichment
  • professional opportunities in journalism, social work, public service, etc.
  • desire to research and better understand the multiple traditions and issues shaping the world's religious diversity and complexity
  • interest in pursuing a graduate degree whether in religious studies or in any humanities or social science field
  • an opportunity to include an additional diverse and inter-disciplinary minor into your Cal State L.A. undergraduate degree.

Program Requirements: 18 units

Required Courses (9 units)

  • RELS/PHIL 2000: Introduction to Comparative Religions (3)

And two of the following courses

  • RELS 3110: Seeking the Holy: Ancient Traditions, Modern Practices (3)
  • RELS 3250: Human Maturity and Aging in the World's Religions (3)
  • RELS 3350: Gender and Sex in the Diversity of World Religions (3)
  • RELS 3400: Religion, Secularism, and Civic Identity (3)
  • RELS 3500: Religion, Spirituality, and Ethnic Identity (3)
  • RELS 3650: Science and Religion (3)
  • RELS 3800: Emotion in Religion (3)
  • RELS/NURS 3850: Spiritual Assessment and Care of the Older Adult (3)

Electives (9 units)

Students must select nine additional units (three 3-unit courses) from the following list; at least 6 units (two courses) must be at the 4000-level.

  • ANTH 4370 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3)
  • ANTH 4450 Myth and Folklore (3)
  • ART 4470 The Art of Mesoamerica and the Southwest (3)
  • ART 4500 The Colonial Art of Mexico and Guatemala (3)
  • ART 4530 Aztec Art and Culture (3)
  • ART 4760 Early Christian and Byzantine Art (3)
  • ART 4910 Art Since 1945 (3)
  • ASTR 3600 Ancient and Modern Views of the Universe (3)
  • CLS/RELS 4280 Migration, Identity, and Religion (3)
  • ENGL 2310 Gods, Monsters, and Heroes in World Mythology (3)
  • ENGL 4303 The Bible as Literature: Old and New Testaments (3)
  • ENGL 4401 Medieval English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 4404 Seventeenth-Century Literature (3)
  • ENGL 4425 Milton (3)
  • FREN 3729 Islam in the Francophone World (3)
  • HIST/RELS 4150 History of Ancient Greek and Roman Religions (3)
  • HIST 4210 Post-Roman Europe (3)
  • HIST 4220 The Middle Ages (3)
  • HIST/RELS 4225 Religion and Society in Medieval Europe (3)
  • HIST 4230 Renaissance and Reformation (3)
  • HIST 4240 Science, Enlightenment, and Empire (3)
  • HIST 4450 Islamic Empires in World History (3)
  • HIST 4500 Traditional China (3)
  • HIST/RELS 4775 American Religious History (3)
  • JAPN 3100 Japanese Civilization to 1600 (3)
  • JAPN 4080 Classical Japanese Literature (3)
  • NURS/RELS 3850 Spiritual Assessment and Care of the Older Adult (3)
  • PAS 2020 Black Religious Traditions (3)
  • PAS 4010 African Spirituality in Theory and Practice (3)
  • PAS 4100 Islam in Black America (3)
  • PHIL 4150 Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • PHIL 4360 South Asian Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 4470 Hermeneutics (3)
  • RELS 3110 Seeking the Holy: Ancient Traditions, Modern Practices (3)
  • RELS 3250 Human Maturity and Aging in the World's Religions (3)
  • RELS 3350 Gender and Sex in the Diversity of World Religions (3)
  • RELS 3400 Religion, Secularism, and Civic Identity (3)
  • RELS 3500 Religion, Spirituality, and Ethnic Identity (3)
  • RELS 3650 Science and Religion (3)
  • RELS 3800 Emotion in Religion (3)
  • RELS 4540 Special Topics in Religious Studies (3)
  • RELS 4705 Religion and Spirituality in American Indian Communities (3)
  • SOC 4450 Sociology of Religion (3)
  • SPAN 2420 Hispanic Societies through Literature (3)

 

For further information, including program advisement, contact:

Religious Studies Program
History Department, KH C4066
Cal State L.A.
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

 

E-mail: relstudies@calstatela.edu