Skip to main content

Department ofReligious Studies

Advising

Religion, Theology, and Culture Core

The three Religion, Theology & Culture (RTC) core requirements are central to Santa Clara University’s undergraduate curriculum and must be completed according to the following rules:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 the Director of Core Curriculum at core@scu.edu.

  3. RTC 3 Prerequisite: All students, including transfer students, must complete 88 units by the end of the term when they register in order to enroll in a course satisfying RTC 3.

  4. Transfer students who matriculate with 44 units or more do not have to complete RTC 1 or RTC 2 before enrolling in RTC 3 but must comply with the RTC 3 prerequisite of completing 88 units by the end of the term when they register in order to enroll in a course satisfying RTC 3.