Feb 02, 2023  
Whittier College Catalog 2021-2022 
Whittier College Catalog 2021-2022 ARCHIVED CATALOG

Religious Studies, B.A.

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Jason A. Carbine, Chair and C. Milo Connick Professor of Religious Studies

Rosemary P. Carbine, Associate Professor

Irfana Hashmi, Assistant Professor

Marilyn Gottschall, Associate Professor Emeritus

Joseph L. Price, Professor Emeritus


The Religious Studies curriculum at Whittier College equips students with analytical tools to develop their interpretive skills for understanding the complex roles of religion in society, past and present, local and global. Focusing on religion as a social institution and as a significant component of cultural diversity, the program induces students to investigate how religious traditions are embedded in local environments. Because of its diverse character, the greater Los Angeles region provides an ideal opportunity for field trips and other activities that encourage students to apply and enhance what they learn in the classroom setting. The program sees the inquiry into religious practices and beliefs as an occasion for becoming self-conscious about both theoretical issues in the study of religion and the search for meaning and values.




Religious Studies Minor

Religious Studies, B.A.



REL 101 - Religious Diversity in America

REL 200 - Exploring Religion

REL 201 - Monotheisms

REL 201 - Monotheisms

REL 202 - Religions of Asia

REL 210 - Introduction to Biblical Studies

REL 220 - Religion and Globalization

REL 222 - Judaism

REL 225 - Global Christianities I

REL 226 - Global Christianities II

REL 230 - Green Religion

REL 235 - Middle East: Muhammad to Mongols

REL 236 - Islam, the Middle East, and the West

REL 244 - Muscular Faith

REL 248 - Myanmar: History, Religion, Politics

REL 251 - Monks, Nuns and Ascetics

REL 253 - Women and Religion

REL 255 - Women and U.S. Liberation Theology

REL 299 - Community Based Learning in Religious Studies

REL 307 - Religion and the Body

REL 311 - Life and Teachings of Jesus

REL 313 - Heroes, Gods and Gurus

REL 315 - The Devil, Jinns, and Others

REL 330 - Buddha and Buddhism

REL 331 - Islam

REL 333 - Hindu Religion and Culture

REL 334 - Religions of China and Japan

REL 340 - Global Ethics

REL 341 - New Religious Movements in S. California

REL 349 - Religious Fundamentalisms

REL 350 - Latin American Liberation Theologies

REL 351 - Religion and Politics in the US

REL 352 - Pilgrimage

REL 353 - Person, Cosmos, and Community

REL 361 - Ways of Understanding Religion

REL 495 - Independent Study

REL 499 - Senior Intellectual Memoir and Portfolio


A minimum of 36 credits, of which 18 must be at the 300 level or above

Introductory Course

Complete 1 of the following:

Additional Required Courses: Categories

Complete at least 6 credits in each of the three categories:


Students who major in Religious Studies must have one of the Religious Studies faculty as their advisor.

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