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About

Students in front of The Coliseum

The Department of Religious & Classical Studies is interdisciplinary by definition and covers content that spans the globe in a broad historical manner. Our curriculum includes an array of topics, such as:

  • American religious culture
  • Eastern and Western religious and spiritual traditions
  • Ethical issues of contemporary life (e.g., biotechnology and ethics)
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Media and religion
  • The interface of politics and religion, contemporary and ancient
  • Classic religious, spiritual, philosophical, mythological, magical, and political texts from Chinese, Sanskrit, Hebrew, cuneiform, Greek and Latin sources
  • Archaeological artifacts from the ancient world


Majors and Minors Offered


We offer a major in Religious Studies and minors in Religious Studies and Classical Studies. Additionally, the department administers a Liberal Studies Major.

Courses Cover Diverse Perspectives


Some of our courses focus on the role of religion in human history, experience, thought and action. Others focus on the ancient Near Eastern / Greco-Roman cultures and their lasting effects on the modern world.

Our students come from various backgrounds, cultures, and academic disciplines, thereby affording lively and provocative discussion in the classroom.

Beyond the Classroom

Field Trip to Stockton's Cambodian Buddhist Temple
Students on a field trip to the Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dharmararam)

Students experience practical aspects of religion through field work in local places of worship, including Confucian, Hindu and Sikh temples; Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhist temples; a Greek Orthodox Church; a local synagogue; and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, which has one of the largest social help programs in the Central Valley.

Our faculty organize interesting field trips that further illuminate subject matter taught in their classes.