Comparative Religion and Humanities

The Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities is devoted to the scholarly interpretation of religion and the appreciation and analysis of cultural traditions. The department provides students with a foundational education in the world’s major religious traditions as well as in cultural traditions from Europe,Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Interdisciplinary study is at the heart of the work of the department. Our majors gain familiarity with methods employed in the investigation of all manner of artistic media, including literature, art and architecture, film, music, and theatre. They also make use of the approaches of history, linguistic and textual analysis, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy to make sense of personal experiences, stories, symbols, rituals, doctrines, and social institutions. The department empowers graduates to become literate guides for contemporary society in its quest to comprehend the histories, beliefs, and customs of diverse peoples and traditions.

The department offers two degrees: the B.A. in Religious Studies and the B.A. in Humanities. It also sponsors minors in Religious Studies, Ethics, Humanities, Classical Civilization, Cinema Studies, Modern Jewish and Israel Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at Chico State can be found on the third floor of the new Arts and Humanities building (ARTS 377), using the stairway or elevator closest to 2nd Street and the Madison Bear Garden (at the far end of the courtyard of the building). Feel free to come by to meet our staff and faculty. Please contact us with any questions or comments at: corh@csuchico.edu

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