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. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. 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).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 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 Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. 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 GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
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
Complete one course from:
RELS 070A. Western ReligionsC23
RELS 070B. Eastern ReligionsC23
Requirements of the Major40
Core Courses10
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's Think About It3
HUM 160. Seminar in Special Topics3
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 119A. Interdisciplinary Studies of Antiquity3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 124. Literature and Religious Experience3
RELS 130. Psychology and Religious Experience3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Major Electives18
Six courses from the following, at least two from each area:
RELS 142. Contemporary Buddhism and its Roots3
RELS 143. Spiritual Traditions of India3
RELS 144. Chinese Traditions3
RELS 145. Middle Eastern TraditionsV3
RELS 151. Catholic and Protestant Traditions3
RELS 153. Jewish Cultures3
RELS 155. Pagan Traditions3
RELS 156. Islam, Politics and the West3
RELS 157. Islamic Cultures3
Religions and Cultures
ENGL 116. Myth in Literature3
RELS 090. Bible History and LiteratureC23
RELS 104. Asian PhilosophyV3
RELS 108. Jewish Mysticism, Magic and Folklore3
RELS 109. Philosophy of Religion3
RELS 112. Topics in the Bible3
RELS 134. Religion Film & Media3
RELS 152. Visual Culture and Jewish Identity3
RELS 161. Varieties of Spiritual Experience3
RELS 186A. Medieval Art from Fourth to Eleventh Centuries3
RELS 186B. Medieval Art from Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries3
Thoughts, Texts, and Images
AFAM 134. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement3
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
HIST 154. Global Jewish History3
RELS 099. Death, Dying and ReligionsE3
RELS 111. Special Topics in Jewish Studies3
RELS 114. Legacy of AsiaV3
RELS 121. Music and Religious Experience3
RELS 122. Magic, Science and ReligionV3
RELS 137. Religion in the Black Community3
RELS 148. Religion and Anthropology3
RELS 162. Religion and Political Controversy in the USS3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
University Electives30
The department recommends majors complete the following:
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen area0-10

Total Units:120