Oct 13, 2019  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
    
2019-2020 College Catalog

Degree Map: Religious Studies Concentration for Liberal Arts AA


Religious Studies Concentration Description

Religion is one of the primary social activities of humankind. Its study involves a comparative understanding of the various ways different peoples, across time and space, have developed their religious ideas, values, systems, beliefs, rituals, and traditions in response to fundamental questions of human existence. Religious Studies offers a rigorous, systematic, and objective intellectual inquiry into various aspects of religions, their adherents and world views, their goals and expressions. It employs a wide variety of approaches and methods in order to understand the role of religion in human experience and thought. Courses in Religious Studies are for majors and for those meeting Humanities credit requirements. They are designed to be non-technical and to appeal to a broad range of interests.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this concentration you will be able to:

  • Analyze various religious positions without reference to personal value judgements.
  • Examine the common social functions of religion. 
  • Evaluate issues in religious studies from the perspectives of major religious traditions. 
  • Distinguish between analytical and devotional approaches to the study of religion. 
  • Compare religious phenomena across cultures.

Degree Map

The degree map below is an example of how a full-time student can complete this degree in two years.  You should see an academic advisor for a customized degree map that works for you.  To be recommended for an Associate in Arts degree, you must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 as a minimum on all coursework attempted (minimum of 60 hours).

Note the Milestones below each semester.  Milestones are reminders of actions you should take during that semester to help keep you on track for degree completion.

First Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1113 - Composition I   3
General Education Humanities.  HUMN 2113 - Humanities I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages (H)   3
HIST 1483 - U.S. History 1492 to the Civil War Era  or HIST 1493 - U.S. History - Civil War Era to the Present   3
POLS 1113 - American Federal Government   3
General Education Humanities.  RELG 1113 - Introduction to Religious Studies (H)   3
Total Credit Hours 15

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.70 during the first 30 credit hours attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Download MS Office from MyTCC.
  • Form a study group, join a student organization, or volunteer at a community service site.
  • Visit the writing, math and science, or technology learning centers for free individual tutoring support services.
  • Meet with an academic advisor before enrolling for the next semester.

Second Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1213 - Composition II   3
General Education Required Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
ART 1113 - Art Appreciation (H)  
PSYC 1113 - Introduction to Psychology (S)  
MUSC 1113 - Music Appreciation (H)  
SOCI 1113 - Introduction to Sociology (S)  
Any World Language or American Sign Language course
3
General Education Recommended Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
COMM 1113 - Public Speaking  
PHIL 1113 - Introduction to Philosophy (H)  
PHIL 2133 - Introduction to Ethical Thinking (H)  (offered spring term)
SOCI 2123 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (H) (S)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
PHIL 2173 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion  (offered spring term)
RELG 1113 - Introduction to Religious Studies (H)  
RELG 1213 - Religions of the World: The Eastern Tradition (H) (I)  
RELG 1223 - Religions of the World: The Western Tradition (H)  
RELG 2113 - Old Testament (H)  
RELG 2123 - New Testament (H)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
ART 1053 - Art History Survey I (H)  
ENGL 2413 - Introduction to Literature (H)  
HIST 1053 - Ancient and Medieval Western Civilization (H)  
HSVC 1113 - Principles of Human Services  
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.70 during the first 30 credit hours attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Meet with an academic advisor before enrolling for the next semester.
  • Schedule a campus visit with your transfer institution’s student recruitment office.
  • Visit Career Services by your 20th credit hour to explore career opportunities associated with this degree.

Third Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
MATH 1473 - Quantitative Reasoning (A)   3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
NAMS 2213 - Native American Spiritualities (H)  (offered fall term)
RELG 1213 - Religions of the World: The Eastern Tradition (H) (I)  
RELG 1223 - Religions of the World: The Western Tradition (H)  
RELG 2113 - Old Testament (H)  
RELG 2123 - New Testament (H) 
RELG 2233 - Religion in America (H)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
ART 1063 - Art History Survey II (H)  
HIST 1063 - Modern Western Civilization (H)  
HUMN 2223 - Humanities II: Renaissance to the Early 20th Century (H)  
HSVC 2073 - Issues in Human Services  
SOCI 2143 - Inter-Cultural Dynamics and Inclusion  
3
General Education Recommended Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
NAMS 2213 - Native American Spiritualities (H)  (offered fall term)
PHIL 2263 - Medical Ethics (H)  
RELG 2173 - Religion and Society (H)  
Any World Language or American Sign Language course
3
General Education Science with lab.  The following courses are recommended:
BIOL 1114 - General Biology for Non-Majors (L)  
GEOG 1014 - Geography (Physical) (L)  
GEOL 1014 - General Geology (Physical) (L)  
PHSC 1114 - General Physical Science (L,N)  
4
Total Credit Hours 16

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 if 31 or more hours have been attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Meet with an academic advisor for a graduation check and to complete a Petition for Computer Proficiency if needed.
  • Complete applications for admission and financial aid for the four-year institution to which you plan to transfer.
  • Visit Career Services to build your resume.

Fourth Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
General Education Science without lab.  The following courses are recommended:
BIOL 1113 - Introduction to Environmental Science  
BIOL 1383 - Nutrition  
BIOL 2213 - Brain and Behavior  
BIOL 2313 - Principles of Ecology  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
ART 2053 - Art History Survey III  
HIST 1073 - Twentieth Century World History (H) (I)  
HIST 2333 - African-American History (H)  
HUMN 2323 - Humanities III: Early 20th Century to the Present (H)  
SOCI 2013 - Marriage and Family (S)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
PHIL 2173 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion  (offered spring term)
RELG 2113 - Old Testament (H)  
RELG 2123 - New Testament (H)  
RELG 2233 - Religion in America (H)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
PHIL 2173 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion  (offered spring term)
RELG 1213 - Religions of the World: The Eastern Tradition (H) (I)  
RELG 1223 - Religions of the World: The Western Tradition (H)  
RELG 2113 - Old Testament (H)  
RELG 2123 - New Testament (H)  
RELG 2233 - Religion in America (H)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
HIST 2343 - Native American History (H)  
HSVC 2003 - Family Relationships  
HSVC 2203 - Parent-Child Relations  
PHIL 2163 - Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science (H)  
SOCI 2713 - Aging, Death and Dying (S)  
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 if 31 or more hours have been attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Meet with an academic advisor to file for graduation.

Transfer Information

This degree is intended for transfer to a four-year university for completion of a baccalaureate degree.  You should work closely with an academic advisor each semester to make certain you are enrolled in the correct courses for a seamless transfer process and you are encouraged to begin a dialogue with your intended transfer school as early as possible. Early coordination between TCC academic advisors and advisors from selected four-year institutions can streamline the transfer process. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she understands the program/admission/transfer requirements for the transfer school.