Dear Religious Studies Department students,
To ensure safety, CSUF has temporarily suspended all non-essential on-campus functions. ALL classes continue remotely. Our department is working remotely and continues to provide assistance online.
Please contact your instructors via email if you have any questions.
Please provide your full name and CWID in your emails and phones messages. 
For RLST advising information, you may email; or the department chair
For general assistance, please contact us at; or
We will respond to your phone inquiry. Please call, 657-278-2442

Welcome to the Religious Studies Department

(Formerly: Comparative Religion (CPRL))

Religious Studies is the name we use to describe the work of scholars who teach and pursue research about one or more of the religions of the world in a non-sectarian, academic and comparative manner. It is similar to many other liberal arts majors (history, literature, philosophy to name a few) because it gives you the intellectual tools for success in a host of career fields. It is not a dry, cloistered, or indoctrinating study. Here, you will encounter new ways of understanding the world, learn exciting methods of analysis, and develop sophistication in the interpretation of religious texts, beliefs and practices. You will learn to think, write, and speak with clarity and precision, to do research on complex issues, and to listen and relate to others with understanding and respect.

Thank you for visiting our site. You may also be interested in the Religious Studies section of the university catalog.Opens in new window

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