"The religious aspect points to that which is ultimate, infinite, unconditional in (an individual’s) spiritual life. Religion, in the largest and most basic sense of the word, is ultimate concern." Paul Tillich
Religious Studies courses give the opportunity for students to learn about different religious traditions, including behaviors, motivations and practices through the perspectives of sociology, anthropology, geography, ethics, philosophy, history and even science (i.e. archaeology). Students not only gain knowledge about the religions but also gain skills in living out what it means to live in a pluralistic society, including speaking with people practicing different religions. On an academic level, these courses meet both general education and cultural literacy requirements at PCC.
"Studying a subject like world religions not only affords one a fascinating microscope into the sacred religious practices of humanity, it awards us the opportunity to see the root of spirituality, which goes far deeper than religion. Most who take a class like this will come to find that theological philosophy was not born to manipulate the vulnerable, as it is currently utilized. These philosophies were born organically, throughout every culture, every continent, and all tell similar messages. It is in the study of these collective messages when we come to form bonds despite our differences, which is perhaps the most important aspect of theological study. We see humanity, simply, as a united spirit, and religion as one expression of love." Corinne Parke, World Religions student, Winter ‘14
Although PCC does not offer a degree in religious studies, religious studies courses are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Religious Studies courses may transfer as:
- General education or cultural literacy/humanities elective credits
- program requirement credits
- and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution
- World Religions meets one of the University of Portland’s Religious Studies requirements.