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Religious Studies

The Religious Studies major and minor are designed to enable students to engage in critical, analytical thinking about religion, understand how to use and contextualize primary source materials, examine and interpret religion from a diversity of viewpoints, develop reflective understanding of the practices and practitioners of religion, discuss the relations between religion and ethics, and present complex and original ideas in written and oral formats.

In order to reach these learning objectives, the major and minor have specific requirements for the depth of study that each student must undertake.


20 units

Choose 4 units of lower division RST course (4 units)

Choose 16 units of upper division RST courses (16 units) 

  • RST 190 recommended

Some substitutions from other departments or programs allowed with consent of advisor.

Total = 20 units

Minor Advisor

Amy Lowrey
(530) 752-1219

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