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Courses & Core
The department's courses provide students the opportunity to engage in multiple approaches to religion and the world's religious traditions. The aim of the program is to foster an engaging, critical, and integrated understanding of religion in the University's tradition of Jesuit liberal education. The University community judges this an important enough component to merit three courses in the four undergraduate years (the RS component of the Core Curriculum).
The three Core Religion, Theology & Culture (RTC) requirements are central to Santa Clara University’s undergraduate curriculum and must be completed according to the following rules:
Core Course Sequencing: Students must take the three RTC courses in sequence: first, introductory (RTC 1); second, intermediate (RTC 2); and third, advanced (RTC 3). If two courses are taken simultaneously, only one will count for the Core.
RTC 3 Units Prerequisite: Before enrolling for a third level (RTC 3) religion course, students need to have completed 88 quarter units. When students register for RTC 3 believing they will have completed 88 units before the following quarter begins but do not actually complete enough units, the unit prerequisite will prevent them from earning Core credit for RTC 3. (Transfer students with 44 or more units can take any 2 religion courses, in any sequence.)
Only RTC 2 can be completed through study abroad courses.All requests for study abroad approval for Core Religious Studies requirements should be directed to Professor Phyllis Brown.
The Religious Studies Department routinely offers an array of RTC 1, 2 and 3 every fall, winter and spring quarter, and during summer sessions we typically offer courses at every level (including on-line options, as well).
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