Associate in Arts Religious Studies Emphasis

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Religion is the ultimate unifier — and divider. It sets societal standards, offers moral guidance, and has been the cause of wars throughout history. It also is an excellent looking glass into culture and humanity as a whole. Studying theology allows you to examine the spiritual rituals of many societies and will give you a better understanding of God and the world around you. 

MCC’s courses in ritual symbols, world religions, Christianity, and women in religion are marked by thought-provoking examination and challenging discussions about our place in the universe. Studying religion will put you on a pathway toward an illuminating career as a religious leader, museum curator, foreign correspondent, or religious studies professor.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60–61
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Religious Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Develop a religious literacy. (CT, CO, CG)
  • Examine the influences and relationships between religion, science, society, and culture — current and past, local and global. (CT, CG)
  • Relate the different world views associated with the major religious traditions to social, economic, and political issues. (CT, CE, CG, CO)
  • Recognize (acknowledge) and evaluate the roots of personal and social religious bias. (CT, CO, CE)
  • Initiate an active and respectful engagement with persons of diverse world views. (CO, CE, CG)
  • Extend the dialogue of religious traditions to the practice of active, global citizenship. (CE, CG, CO, CT)

Career Opportunities

With the enlightened world view you’ll gain from studying religion and theology, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to a career in any number of religious, corporate, governmental, and community service entities. 

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Clergy $48,210
Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors $45,340
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $70,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products $53,000
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • This course sequence is still pending final approval
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-17
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Gateway course 3
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
REL100 World Religions Critical course Gateway course Course carries G, HU Values 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, select an elective to complete 3 credits. 3
REL207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth Course carries HU, L Values 3
COM Oral Communication Course COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4
C Any Cultural Awareness Course 3
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14
Language Any 202 level Foreign Language 4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective Elective Course 3
SG or SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Gateway course 3
REL100 World Religions Critical course Gateway course Course carries G, HU Values 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
REL207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth Course carries HU, L Values 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, select an elective to complete 3 credits. 3
COM Oral Communication Course COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
C Any Cultural Awareness Course 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Course 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Language Any 202 level Foreign Language 4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
SG or SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.