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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Religious Studies

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Religious Studies contains the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in religious studies. Students will learn about theology and world religions, as well as the historical significance and sociocultural contexts of people`s faiths. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue positions including human and social services assistant, director of religious or educational programs, museum technician, funeral attendant, tour guide, or clergy. With a graduate degree, students may pursue positions such as reporter, correspondent, social and community service manager, teacher, or college professors in areas such as religious studies or cultural studies.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Religious Studies (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Compare and contrast multiple religious traditions and the phenomena of religion across and within cultures. (REL100, REL151, REL205, REL207, REL225, REL270, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB])
  • Apply a range of methodological and theoretical approaches to religious phenomena. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL207, REL225, REL270, (COM), (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Examine religious phenomena, including issues of ethical and social responsibility, from a perspective of critical inquiry and analysis of both the other and the self. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL206, REL207, REL225, REL270, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of religious phenomena to lived, practical contexts, both historical and current. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL206, REL207, REL225, REL270, (COM), [FYC], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Employ knowledge of religious phenomena and the skills of religious studies in the solving of complex problems, including those raised in the personal and social engagement of issues of life, death, love, sex, violence, suffering, and meaning. (REL100, AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL206, REL207, REL225, REL270, (COM), [FYC], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3-23
REL100World Religions3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrating proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)0-20
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6-18
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (generally 64).
Information regarding the articulation of MCCCD courses at the Arizona public universities can be accessed on aztransfer.com
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Religious Studies (Religion, Culture, and Public Life), Bachelor of Arts (BA)
REL207Ritual, Symbol, and Myth3
REL270Introduction to Christianity3
Complete zero to six (0-6) credits of coursework (except courses used to satisfy other requirements) that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: AFR, AIS, AMS, APA, ARS, ASB, GCU, HST, JUS, PHI, SGS, SOC, WST.
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Religious Studies (Religion, Politics, and Global Affairs), Bachelor of Arts (BA)
REL205Religion and the Modern World3
REL225African-American Religions3
Complete zero to six (0-6) credits of coursework (except courses used to satisfy other requirements) that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: AFR, AIS, AMS, APA, ARS, ASB, GCU, HST, JUS, PHI, SGS, SOC, WST.
Transfer Plan 3: Northern Arizona University (NAU), Comparative Cultural Studies, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
HUM245Introduction to Holocaust Studies3
Complete zero to nine (0-9) credits of coursework that transfers to NAU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the REL course prefix.
Complete six (6) credits of coursework (except courses used to satisfy other requirements) from two different course prefixes that transfer to NAU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following NAU course prefixes: ACM, ARH, CINE, HUM, LAS.
Transfer Plan 4: University of Arizona (UA), Religious Studies, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
PHI/REL244Philosophy of Religion3
Complete two (2) of the following courses for a total of six (6) credits
AIS213/REL203American Indian Religions3
REL151Religion in the Hispanic World3
REL206Religion in America3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-35
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area3
May be met by course selections in the Restricted Electives area
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0
Met by REL100 in the Required Courses area
AND
Met by AIS213/REL203, HUM245, PHI/REL244, REL151, REL205, REL206, REL207, REL225, or REL270 in the Restricted Electives area
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4)8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by REL100 in the Required Courses area
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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