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Religious Studies Board Records
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This collection contains the Religious Studies Board office files, and correspondence pertaining to the short-lived Religious Studies major at UCSC.
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.
12.5 linear feet, 25 half cartons
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Collection open for research.