Religious Studies Pre-major

Program Coordinator: Mohamed Mehdi, 847-376-7287, mmehdi@oakton.edu

The Religious Studies pre-major offers a suitable pathway to four year programs in Religious Studies as well as other humanities and social science programs. The sequence of courses includes courses or a selection of courses that are required or core pre-major courses; major electives; and recommended electives. This recommended sequence of courses may be altered based on student interest or need.

Students following a Religious Studies pre-major should consider combining it with an Academic Concentration. The Concentrations in Global Studies, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, Great Books, and Jewish Studies will be especially relevant. Speak with an advisor and the coordinator of the concentration to select appropriate courses.

The pre-major is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

Students may consider taking a modern language course in semesters 3 and 4. Study of language is required by some four-year institutions and students can consult those institutions to find out whether an Oakton language course will meet that requirement. Please be aware that only Intermediate II (202) language courses meet General Education Humanities and Global Studies requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the program coordinator. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
PHL 110 Introduction to the Study of Religion 3
PHL 205 World Religions 1 3
MAT 125
General Education Mathematics
or Elementary Statistics
4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1  
World Regional Geography 1  
Cultural Geography 1  
Introduction To Psychology  
Introduction To Sociology 2  
Social Problems 3  
Introduction to Global Studies  
 Hours16
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion  
Introduction to Life Science (lab)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (lab) 1  
Plants and Society  
Select one of the following: 3
World Mythologies 1  
Religious Diversity in America 2  
Select one of the following: 3
Comparative Government 1  
International Relations 1  
Human Development  
Social Psychology 2  
Sociology of Sex and Gender 2  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2  
Introduction To Ethnic Studies 2  
 Hours15-16
Second Year
Semester One
PHL 245 Foundational Religious Texts 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Mythologies  
Religious Diversity in America 2  
Select one of the following: 3
Western Culture and the Arts: Beginnings through the Middle Ages  
Western Culture and the Arts: Renaissance through the 20th Century  
Contemporary Culture and the Arts  
African-American Culture and the Arts 2  
Select one of the following: 3
History Of Contemporary Non-Western Civilizations 1  
History of South Asia I 1  
History of South Asia II 1  
History of Modern China 1  
History of the Islamic Middle East from the 7th Century to 1918 1  
History Of The Islamic Middle East In Modern Times 1  
History of Modern Latin America 1  
Select one of the following: 3
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 1  
Introduction to Global Literature 1  
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 2  
Introduction to African-American Literature 2  
Introduction to Native American Literature 3  
Global Cinema 1  
Introduction to World Music 1  
 Hours15
Semester Two
Select one of the following: 3
Asian Philosophy 1  
Philosophy Of Religion  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion  
Introduction to Earth Science (lab)  
Introduction To Weather And Climate  
Physical Geography  
A Survey Of Oceanography  
Descriptive Astronomy  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 2  
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 2  
Women and Creativity 2  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Philosophy  
Ethics  
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy  
Modern and Contemporary Philosophy  
Select one Humanities/Fine Arts course 3
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours61-63

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements.