Religious Studies

The Religious Studies discipline focuses on the analysis and comparison of religious traditions using methods from a variety of disciplines. Students take religious studies courses to prepare for a major or to fulfill general education requirements in humanities or ethnic studies. With a bachelor's degree in religious studies, students pursue careers in law, business, public and political service, and education. A religious studies major also prepares students for graduate studies in the discipline and for professional seminary and divinity school.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Louisa Moon

Dean: Dana Smith

www.miracosta.edu/instruction/religiousstudies/

Department: Philosophy and Religious Studies

Office: Building SAN Admin, 760.634.7876

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Courses

RELG 101: World Religions

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1510.00)

This course introduces students to the religious studies discipline. It provides an overview of the history, beliefs, and practices of both Eastern and Western religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and Mormonism. It explores the differences and similarities of the central tenets in the world's major religions and analyzes the close relationship among religion, society, and culture. (Formerly PHIL 122.)

RELG 105: Eastern Religions

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ASIA 105.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1510.00)

This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of East and South Asian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and Sikhism. It emphasizes the different religions' philosophical foundations and their practical application in Asian societies. (Formerly PHIL 105/ASIA 105)

RELG 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

RELG 296: Topics in Religious Studies

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1510.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Religious Studies that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

RELG 298: Directed Study in Religious Studies

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1510.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

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