Religion

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

Our religion program challenges students to engage in the academic study of religion and to explore the religious questions that people have asked throughout history, such as the existence and nature of God, the meaning of life, how we should live, and what awaits us after death.

While the primary focus of the religion curriculum is the Christian tradition, courses are also offered in the other major religious traditions of the world, as well as in biblical languages.

The Curriculum

The religion curriculum at California Lutheran University challenges students to engage in the academic study of religion and to explore the religious questions raised in multiple faith traditions, such as the existence and nature of God, how personal and community ethics are shaped, how religion informs our living in a complex and global society, and the role of scriptures in the lives of the faithful. While the primary focus of the religion curriculum is the Christian tradition, courses are also offered in the other major religious traditions of the world as well as in biblical languages.

The religion degree program at Cal Lutheran provides a solid grounding in the academic study of religion, using the tools of critical thinking, analysis of primary sources, and engagement with diverse religious traditions both locally and globally. This program supports the liberal arts emphasis of the University and prepares students to understand and negotiate the myriad complexities of religion they will face after graduation, whether they work in business, local government, social services, education, medicine, administration, sales, or the environment. In addition to teaching students the skills of critical thinking and sustained community engagement needed for many careers today, the Religion Major also prepares students for graduate study in religion. Pre-seminary advising is also available.

Opportunities exist for students to do internships, experiential learning and independent studies, allowing them to explore areas of potential career interest. Students majoring in religion graduate from Cal Lutheran well-prepared for seminary study. In addition, Lutheran students are eligible for the Associate in Ministry program for lay persons who are certified by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Experience
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Today’s college students, like today’s researchers, need to be good stewards of knowledge. If I responsibly search for new truths and think clearly about old ones, then I am a better companion to my students on their own quests for understanding.

Rahuldeep Gill
Associate Professor
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I help students develop the capacity to critically examine global social issues and explore how they can personally contribute to a more just, beautiful, and sustainable world.

Victor Thasiah
Assistant Professor
Your Future

Opportunities exist for students to do internships and independent studies, allowing them to explore areas of potential career interest, and students majoring in religion graduate from Cal Lutheran well-prepared for seminary study. In addition, Lutheran students are eligible for the Associate in Ministry program for lay persons who are certified by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Our alumni study at:

  • Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Fuller School of Psychology
  • Claremont School of Theology
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Washington State University
  • Princeton
  • Program Coordinator
  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Americorps

They work for:

  • A Christian Ministry in the National Parks
  • Crossroads Community Church
  • ELCA Division for Global Mission
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Lamb of God Lutheran Church
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Trinity Lutheran University
  • Westlake Lutheran Church

Career paths:

  • Youth Pastor/Minister
  • Director of Youth Ministries
  • Church Programming Assistant
  • Director of Christian Education
  • Development Associate
  • Director of Family & Youth Life
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