Comparative Religion

Comparative Religion is an academic discipline devoted to the study of religion in general and specific world religions in particular, investigating such dimensions of religion as scripture and myth, experience, belief, ritual, ethics, institutions, and material culture. It employs an interdisciplinary and comparative methodology that borrows from and has influenced a broad array of other fields. The academic study of religion recognizes the interconnectedness of religion with other dimensions of culture but acknowledges that religion is qualitatively different from other forms of human expression.

The Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at Chico State can be found on the second floor of Trinity Hall (room 239), overlooking the Rose Garden. Feel free to come by to meet our staff and faculty. Please contact us with any questions or comments at:

Announcements and Events


  • Prof. Sarah Pike writes on the "West Memphis Three" for Trans/Missions, an online website for the coverage of media and religion
  • RELS Professor Bruce Grelle delivered the plenary address for the western regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion at Santa Clara University on May 25.  He spoke on the topic of "Scholarship and Citizenship: Promoting Religious Literacy in Public Schools."