Department of Religious Studies


The Religious Studies curriculum at Whittier College equips students with skills to understand and interpret the complex role of religion in society—past and present, local and global.

Focusing on religion as a social institution and as a significant component of cultural diversity, the program pushes students to investigate how religious traditions are embedded in local environments. Because of its diverse character, the greater Los Angeles region provides an ideal opportunity for field trips and other activities that encourage students to apply and enhance what they learn in the classroom setting. The program sees the inquiry into religious practices and beliefs as an occasion for becoming self-conscious about both theoretical issues in the study of religion and the search for meaning and values.


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