During the academic year 1967-68 a number of UCSC faculty formed an interdisciplinary program in religious studies. Initially
this involved only a committee providing a framework for independent majors. By the following year the interdisciplinary
committee became a Committee of Studies in Religious Studies, with Noel Q. King as its Chair. An enlarged staff was soon
assembled, new courses added, and the Committee's size doubled. In the academic year 1970-71 religious studies was still
administered by a Committee, but it had become a full and official major, granting a Bachelor of Arts degree. According to
the UCSC Catalog for 1971 it was an interdisciplinary program "seeking to bring out the religious, moral, and numinal dimensions of such fields
as history, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and art." The program continued to expand for a couple of years, and then
in 1973 was granted the status of a Board of Studies, receiving four full-time appointments. The mid-1970's saw annual curricula
of 10 to 15 courses, with 500 to 800 students enrolled any given quarter.
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