Situated in the Central Valley of California, our students are surrounded by representatives from a great many of the world's cultures and religions—an excellent context for studying the world's diverse religious traditions.
We take advantage of our proximity to a number of religious points of interest in the Stockton area and San Francisco Bay Area. A few of the field trips organized by our faculty are highlighted below.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Dr. Carrie Schroeder's "New Testament/Christian Origins" and "Religion of the Pharaohs" classes went on a field trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose. The Rosicrucian has the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts on the West Coast. The museum itself is built in the style of an ancient Egyptian temple, and the beautiful grounds are adorned with replicas of ancient Egyptian statuary and objects. The museum provided historical context of a land closely tied to the New Testament. By viewing the artifacts and displays, students gained a better understanding of the transition from the Egyptian pharaohs to Roman rule.
Stockton's Cambodian Buddhist Temple
How ideal for Dr. Tanya Storch's Asian Religious Traditions class that Pacific should have a Buddhist Temple virtually in its backyard. The class took a field trip to the Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dharmararam). The grounds are home to over 90 vibrantly colored, larger-than-life statues that tell the story of the Buddha.
Another example of how we bring coursework to life: Students from Dr. Storch's World Religions class received a lecture at a local synagogue, Temple Israel, whose origins date back to 1851. The inscriptions on the columns represent the Ten Commandments.