Santa Clara University

Religious Studies

PURPOSE: The third course in the Religious Studies Core sequence, taken after the student has junior status, models ongoing intellectual engagement with the difficult issues in religion as these are addressed by one of the three main areas of the religion curriculum. This course is structured around open-ended questions, problems, or controversies; it requires students to explore and assess multiple positions and then make morally defensible and intellectually coherent choices.

STUDENT OUTCOMES: As the last course in the sequence, students will be able to use their analytic skills on real-life questions and current challenges. By confronting the complexity of questioning while taking a moral or religious position, this course enables students to integrate what they have learned about religion with other areas of the Core, their majors, and their full involvement in the world.

Note: The prerequisites for all religious studies courses require that they be taken in sequence: introductory, second course, and third course. Further, a third course cannot fulfill the core requirement unless it is taken after the student has 88 units.

THIRD COURSE: Students may select one course from Religious Studies courses numbered 100-199, such as RSOC 100-199, SCTR 100-199, or TESP 100-199, or from the following list of approved courses. Note: the third course must be taken after completing 88 units.


150 Religion in Culture and Society


171 Ethical Issues in Biotechnology and Genetics


112 The World of Augustine
114 Religion and Imperialism: Roman Britain


175A Theology and Communication

Environmental Studies

162 Environmental Justice Practicum
152 Faith, Ethics and Biodiversity


103 History of the Jesuits
114 Religion and Imperialism: Roman Britain
117 State and Church in the Middle Ages
121 Interpreting the English Reformation
126 Conflicts in Medieval Christianity
127 The World of St. Francis
164 The Catholic Church in Latin America


172 Philosophical Topics in Film and Literature

Political Science

139 Religion and Politics in the Third World
183 Religion and Politics in the International System

The quarterly Schedule of Classes provides a comprehensive list of those courses offered in a particular quarter that meet this requirement.

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