Mission and Goals


To describe and interpret the developments, worldviews, and practices of religious traditions in a non-sectarian, academic manner for the benefit of students, faculty from other fields, and the greater Orange County community.


  1. To offer classes in the world’s religions within the General Education framework and for majors and minors;
  2. To teach in a scholarly and non-sectarian manner;
  3. To conduct scholarly research that contributes to an understanding of the varieties of religious thought and experience;
  4. To investigate in a scholarly manner the impact of the varieties of religious thought and experience on contemporary society.