The Religious Studies Program
In addition to preparing students for graduate study in religion, the multidisciplinary nature of the major affords students intellectual training to enter a variety of fields and careers.
The major in Religious Studies is a cooperative program offered jointly by Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps colleges. The program of study is designed to serve both as one focus of a liberal arts education and as a foundation for students planning to pursue the study of religion beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students may enroll in Religious Studies courses offered at any of the undergraduate colleges, and advanced students may, with permission, enroll in master’s-level courses in their area of specialization at Claremont Graduate University.
While offering a broadly based and inclusive program in the study of religion for all liberal arts students, the Religious Studies major affords the opportunity for more specialized work at the intermediate and advanced levels in particular historic religious traditions, geographical areas, philosophical and critical approaches, and thematic and comparative studies.
The Department of Religious Studies recognizes the importance and legitimacy of personal involvement in the study of religion, but it does not represent or advocate any particular religion as normative. Rather, the aim is to make possible an informed knowledge and awareness of the fundamental importance of the religious dimension in all human societies—globally and historically. In addition to preparing students for graduate study in religion, the multidisciplinary nature of the major affords students intellectual training to enter a variety of fields and careers. Recent graduates are, for example, in schools of law, medicine and business. Others have careers in management, journalism and the media, college administration, primary and secondary education, government, and health and social services.
|Oona Eisenstadt||Fred Krinsky Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor and Department Chair||(909) 607-2046||Pearsons 110|
|Jerry Irish||Professor||(909) 621-8813||Pearsons 105|
|Zayn Kassam||John Knox McLean Professor of Religious Studies||(909) 607-4095||Pearsons 104|
|Zhiru Ng||Associate Professor||(909) 607-9074||Pearsons 108|
|Erin Runions||Associate Professor||(909) 607-0479||Pearsons 109|
|Darryl Smith||Assistant Professor||(909) 621-8176||Pearsons 107|
|Vicki Hirales||Academic Department Coordinator||(909) 607-0026||Pearsons 208A|
Mailing AddressPomona College, Religious Studies, 551 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Campus LocationPearsons Hall