Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Majors and Minors

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Attention Majors and Minors:


The Religious Studies Department offers major and minor programs for those who wish to concentrate in the study of scripture and tradition; religion and society; and theology, ethics and spirituality. The aim of the program is to foster an engaged, critical, and integrated understanding of religion in the University's tradition of Jesuit liberal education.

Considering a double major with Religious Studies? Check out some sample class schedules to see just how feasible this is.
Here is the schedule of a Religious Studies and English double major.
Here is the schedule of a Religious Studies and Physics double major.
Reasons to consider a minor in Religious Studies.



Transferring to SCU

The Religious Studies Department welcomes transfer students as either majors or minors. No special prerequisites are necessary.

Attention Religious Studies Majors & Minors!


Independent Study Opportunity

Rahner's theology, and counts as an upper-division TESP course or an elective. Primarily intended for RS majors and minors, students will enroll in TESP 199. The approach will be a slow reading of some of Rahner's key texts. Students will be asked to prepare weekly short studypapers. This proseminar is capped at five students.

For more information, please contact Professor Paul Crowley, SJ, at Professor Oliver Putz, at