Religious Studies

These academic requirements apply to students who started at Saint Mary's prior to Fall 2012, as well as to certain transfer students (contact the registrar for details). For students who started in 2012, see our new core curriculum.

Students entering Saint Mary’s College with fewer than 16.0 units are required to complete two Theology & Religious Studies courses.  Students who transfer in with 16.0 or more units must complete only one Theology & Religious Studies course.  Please note that TRS 01 or its equivalent is a prerequisite to all upper division classes in Theology & Religious Studies.  Students may apply Theology & Religious Studies courses beyond those required to their Area A (Humanities) requirement.

Because Theology & Religious Studies classes are an important part of a  Saint Mary’s education, they are generally expected to be completed in residence. As such, transfer courses are not routinely accepted in fulfillment of this requirement after establishing residence at Saint Mary’s College.  For courses taken as part of study abroad to count towards the core requirement in Theology & Religious Studies, they should be shown in advance as, not only academically rigorous, but also as enhancing the study abroad experience in that particular country.