Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in Religious Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements35
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
Preparation for the Major3
RELS 070. Gods, Guns, Gurus, Grails-World ReligionC23
Requirements of the Major42-47
Core Courses12
HUM 080. Reading the WorldA33
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's Think About It3
HUM 160. Special Topics in Humanities3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
Comparative Courses12
Complete four courses from:
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
HUM 119. Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Major Electives18-23
Six courses from the following, at least two from each area:
RELS 142. Contemporary Buddhism and its Roots3
RELS 144. Chinese Traditions3
RELS 145. Middle Eastern TraditionsV3
RELS 155. Pagan Traditions3
RELS 156. Islam, Politics and the West3
Religions and Cultures
ENGL 116. Myth in Literature4
RELS 090. Bible History and LiteratureC23
RELS 104. Asian PhilosophyV3
RELS 109. Philosophy of Religion3
RELS 134. Religion Film & Media3
RELS 161. Varieties of Spiritual Experience3
Thoughts, Texts, and Images
AFAM 134. The Black Civil Rights Movements3
HIST 121A. Medieval Worlds, 400-10004
HIST 121B. Medieval Worlds, 1000-15004
HIST 122. The Renaissance and Reformation4
HIST 126. Advanced Topics in Medieval History4
RELS 099. Death, Dying and ReligionsE3
RELS 111. Special Topics in Jewish Studies3
RELS 114. Legacy of AsiaV3
RELS 120. Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion3
RELS 122. Magic, Science and ReligionV3
RELS 137. Religion in the Black Community3
RELS 162. Religion and Political Controversy in the USS3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
University Electives35-40
The department recommends majors complete the following:
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen area0-10

Total Units:120