One credit of religious studies is required for graduation. If a student can present documentation of approximately 120 hours of religious training, the requirement can be waived. Documentation consists of confirmation certificates if obtained after the age of 11, school transcripts indicating at least one year of religious instruction, Latter Day Saints Seminary Certificates indicating one year of seminary course work completion, a letter from the student’s church certifying that he/she has completed one year of formal religious training, or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificate. Religious studies are considered a social studies credit. Students must select one of the two options, which are usually offered in alternating years.
Survey of the Bible
This course offers an overview of the Old Testament and New Testament of the Christian Bible, with an emphasis on how the text relates to history. Students will be introduced to the Judeo-Christian ethic, and the development of the Christian church and its influences on U.S. and world societies and cultures.
Survey of World Religions
This course is designed to give an overview of the different religions practiced throughout the world. The five major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) are studied in some detail, while other Eastern and Modern Religions are introduced. The main purpose of the course is to give students an awareness of the different religions and cultures that people in the world practice and the ability to understand something about these people when they see them in society or hear about a holiday or celebration.
The following video centers around a project done during the World Religions course taught in the summer school program, but demonstrates the cross-curricular direction of R-MA's academic program: