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 faculty email addresses, consult the campus directory: in new window)

Advisor for RELS and minor students: Daniel Veidlinger, CORH Department Chair (
Advisor for HUMN students: Jed Wyrick (

For general questions, please email the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) at


Spring 2022 Outstanding Students

 Benny Gutierrez - Outstanding HUMN

 Alisha Attella - Outstanding Online RELS

 Sophie Williams - Outstanding RELS