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Religious Studies

What is Religious Studies?

Religious studies is an academic field that studies religious beliefs, behaviors and institutions, and the impact these have on the individual, society and culture. Religious Studies draws upon multiple disciplines and their methodologies such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history, and literature.  Therefore, it attempts to describe, compare, interpret, and explain religious phenomena systematically in relation to society as a whole.  It emphasize a historical based, cross-cultural perspective, recognizing the ways in which religion both shapes, and is shaped by, changing socio-cultural forms. It involves critical reflection on the role and value of religious communities with respect to both past and contemporary problems and issues.

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What are my Degree, Diploma, or Certificate Options?

Associate in Arts (new window)

Course Descriptions

An introductory study of religion with emphasis upon the varieties, differences, and similarities of religious experience and expression. The course will examine, through selected examples, the interaction between religious experience and expression and their particular social and cultural contexts.

Introduces books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) using knowledge of literary forms as well as historical and cultural backgrounds to aid in the interpretation of the religious and philosophical meanings of the text.

Introduces New Testament using knowledge of literary forms as well as historical and cultural backgrounds to aid in the interpretation of the religious and philosophical meanings of the text.

Comparative study of major world and selected regional religions with emphasis on analysis of belief, ritual, artistic expression and social organization. Eastern and Western religions are considered. (Same as ANT 130.)
Surveys the historical and theological movements in Christianity from the 1st century to the mid -16th century. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of Christian institutions and religious movements with other prevailing social, cultural, and political institutions within this timeframe.
Examines central theological teachings, modes of ethical reasoning, key ethical virtues and norms of major religious traditions from both Eastern and Western Religions. Considers the lives, sacred stories, dogma and texts of central religious figures as part of the context for moral thinking in a global setting.
Introduces students to issues in philosophy of religion including defining the concept of God, arguments for and against the existence of God, the relation between faith and reason, the nature of religious experience, the problem of evil, and immortality.
Investigates the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth through a critical analysis of the ancient sources and modern scholarly reconstructions.
Presents the person and thought of the Apostle Paul in social, cultural, political, philosophical, and theological context. Investigates Paul's ethics and his views as preserved in the Christian New Testament.
Examines special topics in Religion. Includes but not limited to individual religious figures, movements, sacred writings, religious traditions and selected eras.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate’s degree in two years if you maintain full-time status. This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.