ERIC Number: ED203916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Religious Studies Programs in California's Community Colleges during the Nineteen Seventies.
Schmidt, Roger L.
After introductory material noting the decreased popularity of religious studies and other humanities courses in the wake of dwindling enrollments, fiscal constraints, and the growing demand for non-transfer, vocational education, this paper reviews the development of religious studies curricula at the California community colleges during the 1970's. The paper first discusses influential trends at senior institutions, including the establishment of Departments of Religion at the University of California (UC) and the California State Universities (CSU). Surveys of the community college system in 1963-64, 1972-73, and 1980-81 are then reviewed to document the steady growth in the number and variety of religious studies courses offered. After comparing this data with national trends, the paper discusses the variety of introductory religious studies courses offered at the community colleges. It goes on to compare the merits of departmental and interdepartmental modes of administering these courses and to examine the use of these administrative modes within the UC, CSU, and community college systems. A discussion follows of the topics which are receiving increasing attention in community college religious studies curricula. The report concludes with an examination of the history and characteristics of the religious studies program offered at San Bernardino Valley College, California. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California