Religious Studies Major

Study the religious dimension of cultures historically and globally.

As a Religious Studies major or minor, take an academic journey of acquiring awareness and understanding of religious dimensions, traditions and their significance across cultures and historical periods.

You’ll examine religion through various vantage points by taking both a broad range of interdisciplinary courses and making focused, critical inquiries into particular historic religious traditions, geographical areas, philosophical and critical approaches, and thematic and comparative studies.

Courses at any of the 5Cs are open to you and advanced students may, with permission, enroll in master’s level courses in their area of specialization at Claremont Graduate University.

In class with Professor Oona Eisenstadt
In class with Professor Oona Eisenstadt
In class with Professor Erin Runions
In class with Professor Erin Runions
In class with Professor Zhiru Ng
In class with Professor Zhiru Ng

What You’ll Study

    • Four courses in a concentration
    • Three courses outside your concentration
    • A senior seminar and senior thesis
    • Language study appropriate to your concentration recommended
You can choose from 126 interdisciplinary courses for your religious studies major or minor.

Learning at Pomona

Haley Kirtland

Community Water Policies in Morocco

During a semester abroad in Morocco, Haley Kirtland ’24 conducted ethnographic research on how water rituals in rural Morocco were deeply intertwined with agricultural irrigation practices.

Alyssa Pedicino ’25
Alyssa Pedicino ’25

Religion plays such an important role in individuals’ lives and society as a whole, and this fuels my understanding of the importance of studying religion. Whether individuals take one religious studies course or dedicate their lives to the field, it remains an important part of their lives and academic journeys.

Faculty & Teaching

Among our Religious Studies faculty members are professors awarded for their excellence in teaching. We have experts on a range of topics, including gender and sexuality studies and the Bible, corporate polytheism, modern Jewish philosophy, women and Islam, and Chinese Buddhist art. 

Professor Erin Runions

Religious Studies enlarges students’ perspectives through examination of religious and secular world views, rituals, ethics and philosophies. It is an interdisciplinary field that looks as much at culture, politics and materiality as it does at religious doctrine. Our courses trouble inherited notions of self and other, even as they ask students to engage diverse traditions, practices, histories and power relations.