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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