Bachelor of Religious Studies

Program Description
The Bachelor of Religious Studies program is designed to provide students with a broad base of knowledge in Buddhism and other religions. The basic Buddhist principles will help to guide the students to grow, physical, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually into dynamic citizens of the world. This program will help the student to see how spirituality has an important part in the development of a holistic person.

Program Objectives
The objectives of the Bachelor of Religious Studies program are to:

  1. Provide students a comprehensive knowledge about the origin, development, and the spread of Buddhism in the world.
  2. Introduce students with the various aspects of Buddhist teachings, philosophies, ethics, and meditation traditions.
  3. Acquaint students with the history of Buddhist Pali, Sanskrit, and classical Chinese literatures.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Religious Studies program, the students will:

  1. Develop substantive knowledge of Buddhist history, thought, texts, and practices.
  2. Demonstrate analytical skills through specialist and comparative work.
  3. Assess multiple theories and methods of Buddhist Studies.
  4. Develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills.

Admission Requirements
1. Submit a completed and signed Application Form: The application form can be requested from the Admission’s Office or downloaded from the University website:

2. Submit the $100 Application Fee (non-refundable).

3. Submit all documents that are required by the admissions office:

  • a. Proof of Graduation: Applicants must provide proof of completion of high school in order to qualify for admissions, such as official transcripts or certificate of graduation.
  • b. International Students Only:
    • Copy of valid passport
    • Copy of valid visa
    • Copy of I-94, if available
    • Previous institutions Form I-20
    • Bank Statement, or Affidavit of Support

4. Personal Identification: All applicants are required to submit a photocopy of personal identification such as state driver’s license, government issued identification card, and passport or any government issued photo identification.

Graduation Requirements
Successful completion of 180 quarter units of study is required with minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade point average. The normal time necessary to complete the program is 4 years.

Course Requirements

General Education Course Requirements (20 Courses: 80 Quarter Units)

Course Number          Course Title                                                        Quarter Units    

ANT 101                       Introduction to Anthropology                                             4

COM 101                      Intro. to Computer & Information processing                 4

ECO 101                       Introduction to Economics                                                  4

ENG 101                       Developing Communication Skills                                     4

ENG 102                       Creative Writing                                                                    4

ENG 103                       Literature of the West                                                         4

ENG 104                       Literature of the East                                                           4

ENG 105                       Public Speaking                                                                     4

ENG 106                       Cross Cultural Communication                                          4

ENG 107                       English Composition and Reading                                     4

HIS 101                         United States History through 1876                                 4

HIS 102                         United States History since 1876                                       4

HIS 103                         Asian History                                                                         4

HIS 104                         World Civilization I                                                                4

HIS 105                         World Civilization II                                                               4

HUM 101                      Civilizations of the West                                                       4

HUM 102                      Civilizations of the East                                                        4

HUM 103                      Critical Thinking in the Twenty-first Century                   4

HUM 104                      Logic                                                                                       4

HUM 105                      The Intimate Lives of the World’s Most Famous Artists 4

HUM 106                      Lives of Extraordinary Women                                           4

MAT 101                       College Mathematics                                                           4

PHI 101                         Introduction to Philosophy                                                4

POL 101                        Introduction to Political Science                                       4

POL 110                        International Relations                                                       4

PSY 101                         Introduction to Psychology                                                4

SOC 101                        Introduction to Sociology                                                   4

SCI 101                          Human Health and Development                                     4



Religious Studies Course Requirements (7 Courses: 28 Quarter Units)

Course Number           Course Title                                                        Quarter Units    

REL 101                         Religions of the East                                                            4

REL 102                         Religions of the West                                                           4

REL 103                         Foundations of Buddhism                                                  4

REL 104                         Foundations of Christianity                                                4

REL 105                         Foundations of Islam                                                           4

REL 106                         Foundations of Judaism                                                      4

REL 107                         Foundations of Hinduism                                                   4

REL 113                         Comparative Philosophy of Religion                                 4

REL 114                         Comparative Religious Ethics                                             4

REL 115                         Spiritual Counseling and Care                                            4

REL 116                         Religion and Psychology                                                      4

REL 117                         Comparative Religion Seminar                                          4

REL 120                         Religion, Conflict and Peace                                               4

REL 130                         Introduction to the World’s Religions                               4

REL 131                         Christian Doctrine                                                               4

REL 135                         Bible Hermeneutics                                                            4

REL 140                         Survey of Old Testament                                                   4

REL 150                         Survey of New Testament                                                 4

REL 155                         Early and Medieval Church History                                 4



Buddhist Studies Course Requirements (18 Courses: 72 Quarter Units)      

Course Number           Course Title                                                       Quarter Units    

BUD 201                        Introduction to Buddhist Meditation                                 4

BUD 202                        Intermediate Buddhist Meditation                                     4

BUD 203                        Advanced Buddhist Meditation                                           4

BUD 204                        Fundamentals of Buddhism                                                 4

BUD 301                        Buddhism and Culture                                                          4

BUD 302                        Ethics in Buddhism                                                                4

BUD 303                        Practicum in Buddhist Ministry I                                         4

BUD 304                        Practicum in Buddhist Ministry II                                        4

BUD 305                        Buddhism in East Asia                                                           4

BUD 306                        Cultural and Social Aspects of Buddhism                          4

BUD 307                        Buddhist Commentaries                                                        4

BUD 401                        Pastoral Counseling for Buddhist Ministry                        4

BUD 402                        Individual Study for Buddhist Ministerial Students          4

BUD 403                        Profiles of Buddhist Leadership                                           4

BUD 407                        Buddhist Sutras in English                                                    4

BUD 408                        Buddhist Philosophy                                                              4

BUD 409                        Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia                              4

BUD 410                        Buddhist Psychology                                                              4

BUD 411                        Buddhist Sociology                                                                 4

BUD 413                        Early Buddhism and the History of Theravada                  4

BUD 420                        Buddhism and Cognition                                                       4

BUD 421                        Mindfulness and Cognitive Process                                     4

BUD 430                        Buddhism Meditation Traditions                                          4