Santa Clara University

Religious Studies

PURPOSE: The second course in the Religious Studies Core sequence provides some mastery of a coherent body of material in order to broaden and deepen the ìdatabaseî that students use to think about religions, religious issues, and all the possible interdisciplinary connections. This course provides the material and issues for seeing the parallels and points of integration between religion and other subjects being studied. To do this, the second course continues to raise meta-questions about the formation, and limits, of bodies of knowledge, disciplinary perspectives, and cultural verities.

STUDENT OUTCOMES: Students master a discrete body of material in its own terms and draw on this new knowledge in addressing issues framed by other disciplines in the Core. Students become alert to the ways that knowledge is organized and appropriated, and with these informational and analytic resources, students are able to place religion and religious issues alongside the problems studied elsewhere in the Core or the major.
Note: The prerequisites for all religious studies courses require that they be taken in sequence: first/introductory course, second course, and the third course after the student has achieved 88 units/junior status.

SECOND COURSE: Students select one course from Religious Studies courses numbered 20-99, such as RSOC 20-99, SCTR 20-99, or TESP 20-99, or from the following list of approved courses in other departments. (Note: the department recommends that the second course be taken after the completion of 45 units.)


56 Anthropology in Religion


65 Classical Mythology
67 Ancient Greek Religion
68 Ancient Roman Religion
69 History of Early Christianity


161 The Bible as Literature
189 Literature & Religion

Environmental Studies

84   Spirituality & Sustainability
161 Agriculture, Food, and the Environment in Catholic School Teaching


16 Ancient Greek Religion
17 Ancient Roman Religion
128 History of Early Christianity
154A Ancient and Classical India
154B State, Religion, and Gender in Medieval India
157 Art and Religion of India
158 Islam in the Modern World


112 Medieval Theater: Performances of Culture

The quarterly Schedule of Classes provides a comprehensive list of those courses offered in a particular quarter that meet this requirement

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