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
2019-2020
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. 

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors

$37,466

Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers

$66,473

Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives

$54,716

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • This course sequence is still pending final approval

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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 Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Gateway course FYC 3
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4
REL100 World Religions Critical course Gateway course G, HU 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 Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 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. L 3
REL207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth HU, L 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 Area Credits
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 Area Credits
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

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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 Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Gateway course FYC 3
REL100 World Religions Critical course Gateway course G, HU 3

Term 2

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

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 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 Area Credits
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 Area Credits
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 Area Credits
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 Area Credits
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 Area Credits
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
SG or SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4

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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).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019