Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Religious Studies Department provides a wide variety of courses that link to issues treated in interdisciplinary academic programs, residential learning communities, and the wider local community. The programs and relevant courses are listed below, and links to the left will direct you to the home pages of the specific programs and centers.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies

  RSOC 18
Religion and Culture: Egypt

RSOC 190
Islam: Reformation and Modernity
  RSOC 71
Women in Contemporary Middle Eastern Muslim Societies

Contemporary Islam
  RSOC 81
Religions of the Book
  RSOC 82 Shia Islam
SCTR 125 Quran Interpretation
  RSOC 154
Islamic Jesus

SCTR 126
Sufi Mysticism

Asian Studies

  RSOC 7 South Asian Traditions
RSOC 120 The Bhagavad Gita
  RSOC 10 Asian Traditions
RSOC 153 Zen in Time and Thought
  RSOC 82 Shia Islam
RSOC 185 Gender and Religion in Asia
  RSOC 85 Hinduism
RSOC 187 Ethical Issues in Asian Culture
  RSOC 86 Buddhism
RSOC 199 Directed Reading and Research
  RSOC 88 Chinese Religions
  RSOC 89 Japanese Religions

Catholic Studies

  SCTR: 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 33, 100, and depending on syllabus: 101, 105, 106, 107, 128, 132, 134. 
  TESP: 4, 5, 6, 31, 38, 45, 46, 50, 51, 60, , 65, 71, 103, 109, 111, 128, 133, 137, 139, 143, 150, 153, 155, 163, 169, 170, 171, 183, 185, 186, 187, and many other courses, depending on the syllabus.

RSOC: 65, 160, other courses, depending on the syllabus.


Ethnic Studies

  RSOC 91  Native Spiritual Traditions   RSOC 184  Race and Religion in the United States 

RSOC 164 Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in America  

Medieval & Renaissance Studies

RSOC 65 Early Christianity
SCTR 132 Apocalypse Now

RSOC 144 Gender, Body & Christianity
TESP 82 Witches, Saints, & Heretics

SCTR 126 Sufi Mysticism 
TESP 143 Theology and Ethics of Thomas Aquinas

Women & Gender Studies

  SCTR 26 Gender in Early Christianity  TESP 131 Feminist Theologies
  SCTR 117R  

Eve, Adam, the Serpent and the Rest of the Story 

 TESP 139R Catholic Theology and Human Sexuality
  SCTR 158R 

Postcolonial Perspectives on the New Testament 

 TESP 162 Feminist Visionary Ethics
  SCTR 165R 

Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation 


Women's Theologies from the Margins 

  RSOC 41 

Women's Spiritualities


  RSOC 168

Gender and Judaism

  RSOC 170R  

Religion, Gender, and Globalization 





University Honors Program

Any course in the Religious Studies Department may be offered as an honors course in a given quarter. The courses listed below are those offered during Spring Quarter 2008 that fulfill the Religious Studies core requirement for Honors students.

Ways of Understanding Religion (Honors)

Residential Learning Communities

The courses listed under each RLC are offered from time to time as linked courses in that RLC; see the footnotes in the quarterly Undergraduate Schedule of Classes to confirm whether the course benefits from the RLC link in a given quarter.


TESP 51 Catholic Theology: Spirituality
TESP 4 The Christian Tradition

RSOC 9 Ways of Understanding Religion
TESP 51 Catholic Theology: Foundations

SCTR 11 Origins of Western Religion
TESP 46 Faith, Justice & Poverty

TESP 124 Theology of Marriage

TESP 153 Catholic Themes in Literature

SCTR 26 Gender in Early Christianity

RSOC 111 Inventing Religion in America


TESP 51 Catholic Theology: Spirituality
RSOC 7 South Asian Traditions
        RSOC 9  Ways of Understanding Religion 

RSOC 10 Asian Religious Traditions

RSOC 51 Religion in America

RSOC 99 Sociology of Religion


TESP 4 Christian Traditions
RSOC 7 Asian Religious Traditions

TESP 124  Theology of Marriage 
RSOC 9 Ways of Understanding Religion

SCTR 11 Origins of Western Religion
RSOC 51 Religion in America


TESP 75 Godwresting: Ethics the Jewish Way
TESP 4 The Christian Tradition

TESP 46  Faith, Justice & Poverty 

RSOC 9 Ways of Understanding Religion

Education for a Sustainable Future

RSOC 7 South Asian Religious Traditions

Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Center for Community-Based Learning

Several Religious Studies courses integrate a community-based learning component with a theoretical curriculum. Some courses that have done this in the past are listed below. See the Undergraduate Schedule of Classes for the current list of courses requiring an Arrupe placement.

TESP 51 Catholic Theology: Spirituality
TESP 62 Medical Ethics: Christian Perspectives

TESP 45 Christian Ethics
TESP 56 Ethics in the Health Professions

TESP 46 Faith, Justice and Poverty
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