Religious Studies


Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies located on the campus of California State University, Northridge.

The program is designed to provide a liberal arts background with an emphasis upon a critical study of religious traditions and phenomena.

Our faculty approach the subject of Religious Studies across many contexts and disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, literary, philosophy, and cognitive science. This cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach emphasizes the woven ties of religion to other areas of culture enabling students to better understand and appreciate diverse cultures.

In addition to courses exploring the development of all the major religious traditions of the world, we offer courses that look at the role of religion in ethics, gender constructs, literature, economics, the visual arts, and numerous contemporary social and political issues.

Our department is non-sectarian and aims to serve all students with or without religious affiliation. Students of all religions and ethnic backgrounds are welcome to enroll in Religious Studies courses.