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As with any liberal arts major, the study of religion can prove to have an intrinsic value for our students. The questions pursued in our classes are both stimulating and rewarding. Students are challenged to approach important and diverse material with imagination, sensitivity, and intelligence. The inter-disciplinary nature of religious studies provides the opportunity to focus and integrate the perspectives of such diverse fields as philosophy, psychology, sociology, literature, history, anthropology and the classics. Indeed, students in the religious studies program are encouraged to design their major in conjunction with a minor or even a second major in a related department.
Religious studies majors have pursued a variety of careers upon graduation. Some have entered the field of journalism; others are teaching at the secondary level. Several graduates have obtained advanced degrees in the field and are themselves teaching at universities around the country. Some majors have chosen ministerial and church-related work; others have pursued careers in law and related fields. The major in religious studies has thus proven to provide a solid and focused liberal arts major for Santa Clara students.
Students earning a GPA of 3.5 in religious studies become eligible for nomination to Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society in religious studies and theology. Each year graduating majors are eligible for the religious studies prize awarded at the University Honors Convocation.
The major program is designed to combine flexibility with a solid foundation. To that end students are required to:
The Policy of the new Core is that students studying abroad may only fulfill the RTC 2 Core course while abroad. To learn more click here.