Mission Statement

The Religious Studies department seeks to provide students with analytical models used in the humanities and social sciences to learn about and appreciate diverse cultures and religions around the world.

Academic Advisement

The Religious Studies department helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact Department Chair Rick Talbott at (818) 677-3392 to schedule an appointment. The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a major or minor in Religious Studies are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.


A degree in Religious Studies builds skills in critical thinking and writing, critical historical analysis, socio-cultural analysis and comparative analysis of the “other,” and equips students for many areas in the academic, business, social services, law, medicine and professional spheres. Religious Studies majors have pursued careers in government, business, education, communications, human services and law.

Clubs and Societies

The Religious Studies department is a member of the Religious Studies Student Honors Society–Theta Alpha Kappa.

Scholarships and Awards

The John Cummings Memorial Scholarship and the Stephen J. Svec Memorial Scholarship are available to majors.


Chair: Rick Talbott
Staff: Linda Jones, Jennifer Elliott
Santa Susana Hall (SN) 224
(818) 677-3392