Religious Studies

Program Info

Year Established
2008
Program Code
RELIGSTUDIES.AA
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division: 313-845-9625, socialscience@hfcc.edu, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140
Faculty Contact
Joel Geffen: 313-845-6441, jgeffen@hfcc.edu, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-104

Program Description

Description

Provides both broad overviews and focused study of the world’s religious traditions. Students explore the histories, religious beliefs, philosophies, practices, mythologies, arts, and other aspects of religions using methodologies from the social sciences and humanities. The program provides a foundation for the transfer of earned credits to colleges and universities where students can continue their studies in religion or other academic disciplines. Foundations of the program include courses in Religious Traditions of the World, Introduction to the Academic Study of Religions, Eastern Religions, and Western Religions. Additional classes offer more focused explorations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Native American Religious Traditions. Other key courses include The Bible as Literature, African American Religious Experience and Expression, and Myths and Symbols. Supporting and elective courses provide students with opportunities to study cultural anthropology, art, history, and philosophy. Special topics and directed study courses are also available—allowing a student to examine religious studies topics of personal interest, above and beyond those in the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Distinguish between academic and theological approaches to studying Religion.
  • Compare the institutional aspects (myths, symbols, rituals, values, and practices) and the material expressions (art, music and dance, clothing, architecture, texts, and ritual objects) of the world’s major religions.
  • Compare and contrast the major characteristics of religions generally identified as “Eastern” and “Western.”
  • Describe the primary personalities, events, beliefs and practices associated with the world’s major religions.
  • Compare and contrast the histories, beliefs, and practices of major branches in the world’s major religions.
  • Describe the role of religion in the formation and maintenance of personal and community identity.
  • Describe ways in which religious thinkers have addressed important philosophical questions.
  • Analyze geo-political implications of modernization on religious activity.
Transfer Colleges
Central Michigan University
Madonna University
Marygrove College
Concordia University in Ann Arbor
Wayne State University
University of Michigan - Dearborn

General Education

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one.
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any one, from a different discipline (other than WR).
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any one, from a different discipline (other than WR).
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any two, including one with laboratory experience, from different disciplines.
Credit Hours
23.00

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one.
Credit Hours
5.00

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Note

Complete additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree.

Elective Hours
11.00
Minimum Total Credit Hours
60.00