The Religious Studies Department at CSUN stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter! In the wake of George Floyd’s brutal murder, we mourn all the black lives that are lost to racism and senseless acts of violence for centuries. We remember them and let their memories be remembered. Being all too familiar with historical examples and consequences of racism, we invite our students, faculty, and staff to continue their tireless work to end it for a better life for us and our children. We express our support for all those who call for racial justice, as well as justice for any persons who are discriminated, dehumanized, and abused because of their racial, ethnic, social, and religious identities and continue our unwavering commitment to include in our curriculum such themes that teach us our basic human values and rights—justice, equality, freedom, and peace, to name a few.
Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter!
Dear Religious Studies Community,
We are living in challenging times of uncertainty, anxiety, and concern for our loved ones and ourselves. Our day-to-day lives are rapidly changing every minute and it may be challenging to adapt to this “new normal,” maintain equilibrium, and find ways to nurture ourselves mentally and spiritually. Amidst this turmoil and change, I want to assure you that one constant you can always rely on is our (faculty and staff) commitment to your wellbeing, success, and care.
We are here to help you! “Learning” still continues virtually at the moment through alternate modes of instruction. We are here to help thrive your “learning” with our utmost attention, dedication, and effort. But we need your help in doing this—COMMUNICATION. Please let us know your questions, concerns, and issue. Faculty, please update your students with every little change and whenever you are uploading or making course content available. Please DO respond to your students in a timely manner. Students, please let your professors know whatever issues you are facing with. We can overcome this together in solidarity.
Please find below some HELPFUL links and let me know how I can help.
All the best,
Chair, Mustafa Ruzgar
COVID-19 Information and FAQ’s
Academic Continuity (Resources for Virtual Learning Environment)
Religious Studies Faculty, at CSUN
The Religious Studies Major - A Student's Perspective
Encouraged by the positive response to our Climate Justice = Social Justice events last semester, sustainability officers across the CSU are collaborating again to host a systemwide virtual event in honor of Earth Day 2021! Join us for a 1 hour panel discussion and Q & A with young leaders of the intersectional environmental and climate justice movement followed by 30 minute, action-oriented break-out discussions. Read more
By Claire White, Associate Professor in Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge, USA and author of An Introduction to the Cognitive Science of Religion.
One of the challenges facing Americans today is establishing religious tolerance. Where do we begin? One place to start is in the classroom. A new academic approach to the study of religion, known as “The Cognitive Science of Religion” (CSR), affords educators a new theoretical framework to teach students about religion. CSR counteracts the excessive focus, in cultural studies approaches, on documenting the seemingly endless diversity between and within traditions. Instead, it offers a scientific approach suggesting that core features of belief transcend our differences and stem from universal features of the human mind expressed through different environments. Consequently, this focus on transcending differences can provide a new framework that educators can use in the classroom to facilitate religious tolerance. Read more
Religious Studies faculty will be attending the 2016 Annual Meetings American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature (AAR-SBL) conference in San Antonio, Texas, where scholars around the world gather to discuss and present research. AAR-SBL will host over 1,500 events during the conference and showcase 150 publishers in the field of Religious Studies. Attending faculty include Randal Cummings, Xochil Alvizo, and Claire White. Read more
Are you looking for undergraduate research experience? Dr. Baugh's Nature and Religious research lab is currently accepting new student lab participants! Students who are looking to gain transferable skills, and develop their undergraduate experience, are encouraged to participate in this exciting research lab. All majors welcome. Read more
"God and the Green Divide is a major contribution that explains the racial dynamics of religious environmentalism by focusing on a specific Chicago organization. The result is an insightful analysis that unearths the intersection of religion, race, and environmentalism."—Sylvester Johnson, author of African American Religions, 1500–2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom Read more