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Religious Studies 

Dr. Marianne Delaporte


(650) 508-4181


The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, minors in Philosophy and in Religious Studies, and the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary major or interdisciplinary minor involving one or both of these areas.


Students who minor in Religious Studies study the meaning and relevance of Christian belief and gain an understanding of the essential nature of the religious dimensions of life; they also acquire a knowledge and appreciation of the variety and richness of religious beliefs throughout our world, particularly the special concern for justice, compassion, and community common to them all. Completing a minor in Religious Studies can help in preparation for careers in Catholic education, nonprofit work, or any career in the Liberal Arts.


Learning Outcomes

Through their education in Religious Studies, students will be able to:

  • Understand and be able to critically analyze complex theological, biblical, and historical texts
  • Investigate and understand how religious and theological traditions can work effectively for social justice and for the good of humanity and the environment
  • Show a solid grounding in the history of Christianity with special emphases on the Catholic tradition, particularly that stemming from liberation and feminist theologies
  • Make illuminating comparisons between the approaches of different thinkers and traditions with respect to basic ethical, theological, and historical questions
  • Use critically and thoughtfully the methods of modern critical biblical scholarship


Minor in Religious Studies 


Minor Requirements                                                                                         Units
Fifteen units suggested as follows:

REL1250             Religions of the World                                                              3

REL1300             Church and Sacraments                                                             3

One course from the following:                                                                             3 REL1400          Challenged by Christian Ethics                                     
REL1405        The Christian in Society

REL2145        Mystical Experience in the Religions of the Book

REL2255C      Social Justice in the World Religions (CDiv) (CE)
REL2620        Way of the Earth

Upper division Electives in Religious Studies                                                        6


Total Minor Requirements                                                                                          15


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