Religious Studies

The discipline of Religious Studies is perhaps the most inter-disciplinary field in higher education. Religious Studies encompasses philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, folklore, literature, languages, among many other disciplines. A broad and deep knowledge of the comprehensive worldviews presented by the world’s religions prepares the student well for navigating an increasingly complex world.

Students in the Religious Studies program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. 

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Program Code

8400 Associate of Arts (AA) Pre-Majors/Transfer Degree

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year


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Program Contacts

Dr. Michael Scott Valle
Office: SBE-124
(480) 423-6233

Department Office
Office SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206
Fax:(480) 423-6298

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

Religious Studies majors obtain careers in:

  • Religious Leadership Within a Religious Denomination
  • Education
  • Research
  • Public Policy
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Blogging
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work
  • Copyrighting
  • Technical Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Law

Some specific jobs associated with entry-level jobs well suited for philosophy majors include:

Career Name Median Salary
Social Work 56,000
Clergy 40,000
Public Policy 57,000
Non-Profit 47,000
Teacher 57,000

* Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor