Religion (California State University - Long Beach)
California State University, Long Beach’s department of religious studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in the discipline. The major offers four areas of specialization, including Religious Texts, Religion in the Contemporary World, and Religious Traditions. The latter area of focus, Religious Traditions, is split into two options—one focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the other focusing on Buddhism and Japanese and Southeastern Asian religions.
The program includes 27 required courses within the student’s chosen area of religious studies, 36 total units in the religious studies discipline, and requires a total of 120 credits to be completed. Students following the department’s degree plan can reasonably complete all of this within four years.
Some of the core courses required for all degree options include Introduction to Religion, Religion at the Movies, Religion Games: Religion in the Public Square, and Introduction to Asian Religions. A senior seminar, Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion, is also required.
Established in 1949, California State University, Long Beach first opened its doors as the Los Angeles-Orange County State College. At the time, it enrolled just 160 students taught by 13 full-time faculty in an apartment on Anaheim Road. Through the years, the institution has gone through numerous name changes to...Read more About this school