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Religious Studies

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College of Humanities




The Major

The Religious Studies Major is designed to provide a liberal arts educa- tion with an emphasis on the critical study of religious phenomena. The Religious Studies Major provides an excellent basis from which to pursue careers requiring imagination, problem-solving and communi- cation skills, and awareness of human diversity.

Scholarships and Awards

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


A Degree in Religious Studies builds skills in critical thinking and writ- ing, critical historical analysis, socio-cultural analysis and comparative analysis of the “other,” and equips students for many areas in the aca- demic, business, social services, law, medicine and professional spheres. Religious Studies Majors have pursued careers in government, busi- ness, education, communications, human services and law.

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 sched- ule 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.


Linda Jones, Jennifer Elliott