• Department of Religious Studies Students and Faculty
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Department of Religious Studies

Understanding religion is an essential requirement for living productive and ethical lives.

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Study religion around the world to learn a global range of human understandings, from life’s meaning and purpose, what it means to be truly human, and how we relate to the “heaven and earth and the myriad things."

Religion at Chapman University explores human understandings of these key issues from diverse places and cultures as they develop across changing circumstances and encounters with each other.

Religion is a key feature of the identities of individuals and communities, and has tremendous power and impact on our personal lives as well as our local, national, and global communities. With religions’ divergent worldviews, moral codes, and conceptions of life’s meaning and purpose, as well as the crucial role it plays in history, politics, law, the arts, and so much more, being able to understand religion and developing inter-religious literacy is an essential requirement for living productive and ethical lives as global citizens in our world today.

Pictured above: Students travel to UK for Harry Potter Course (REL 33).

Student and Faculty ResearchWork directly with faculty on research!

Christopher Baier, a double major in Religious Studies and Film, traveled with Professor Nancy Martin to India to work on a documentary film project entitled “Patterns for Peace: India as a Model for Peace in a Multi-Religious Society.”

Students have had the opportunity to personally interview Holocaust survivors, working as research assistants with Professor Marilyn Harran on the Indestructible Spirit Photography and Biography Project.

Shauna Crahan, Peace Studies Major with a Religious Studies emphasis, attended the 4th Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain with Professor Nancy Martin, meeting religious studies scholars and religious leaders and practitioners from around the world.

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(714) 997-6636

Department Chair
Nancy Martin

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Why Study Religion?

See what the American Academy of Religion has to say.
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Albert Schweitzer Student Scholarships

Chapman awards scholarships to students who have demonstrated a record of excellence in both their academic work and their commitment to a life of service. Religious Studies students are encouraged to apply! Learn more!