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Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in Religious Studies

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements39-48
Of the 51 units required by the university, 3-12 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Preparation for the Major3-13
Complete one course from:
RELS 070A. Western ReligionsC23
RELS 070B. Eastern ReligionsC23
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen specialty area.0-10
Requirement 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 Cultures0
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 Images0
AFAM 134. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement3
HIST 126. Advanced Topics in Medieval History4
HIST 121A. The Medieval World (300-1000)4
HIST 121B. The Medieval World (1000-1500)4
HIST 122. The Renaissance and Reformation3
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 123. Body, Mind and Spirit3
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 Electives14-30
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120