Comparative Religion and Humanities

Welcome to CORH

About Our Department

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.

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  • Our Approach

    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.

  • Degrees Offered

    The department offers three degrees: the BA in Religious Studies, Online BA in Religious Studies and the BA in Humanities. It also sponsors minors in Comparative Religion, Humanities, Classical Civilization, Cinema Studies, Modern Jewish and Israel Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

  • Where to Find Us

    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:

For information about academic programs and advising please contact the HFA Success Studio.(opens in new window)

For general questions, please email Department Chair Daniel Veidlinger at or the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) at  

Contact information for faculty can be found in the Campus Directory.(opens in new window)


 2023 Outstanding Students

Join Us for our Spring 2023 Student Symposium Wednesday May 3 at 6:30 PM in ARTS 111 or on ZOOM

 Bennett Yasin - Outstanding HUMN

 Allison Bernardi - Outstanding HUMN

 Colleen Hieber - Outstanding Online RELS

 Lizzie Eickmeyer - Outstanding RELS