Comparative Religion (CPRL) is now Religious Studies (RLST)

Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies

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

Programs offered: 
       B.A. Religious Studies.

Minors in: Religious Studies; Christian StudiesIslamic Studies; Jewish Studies.


Zakyi Ibrahim,
Professor & Chair,
Department of Religious Studies,
P.O. Box 6868
California State University
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868

Tel: 657-278-8241 Opens in new window

Department of Religious Studies Office
Location: University Hall (UH) 313

Department Office: 657-278-2442

Department Fax: 657-278-5820

Why study religion? Opens in new window