Comparative Religion

Minor

Contemplate one of the central ways that human beings comprehend their world with open dialogue on faith and religion.

Students are taught how to study religion in a safe place that encourages open discussion, regardless of views. They will develop a basic understanding of different world practices and study ethics in a global religious context. By immersing themselves in religious traditions or places of worship in the surrounding communities, they will develop research skills and an appreciation of spiritual perspectives. Pacific's comparative religion courses encourage students to explore religion in a global perspective through a cultural lens. Courses approach religions from the standpoints of anthropology, sociology, art, history and philosophy. Faculty members specialize in different areas of religious study including Asian religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism; Abrahamic religions, such as Christianity and Judaism; and Caribbean religions, such as Santeria and Vodou.