The establishment of the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies in the Religion department in 2008 grew out of a studied consideration beginning seven years earlier of how to integrate the study of Mormonism into the Claremont graduate curriculum. In conjunction with the Latter-day Saint Council on Mormon Studies, the department organized two conferences on the subject in 2004 and 2005, sponsored lectures, and has offered individual courses on Mormonism since 2005 . The appointment of the Chair means that a wide array of Mormon Studies courses will now be offered on a regular basis, allowing students to pursue an interest in Mormonism in full scholarly depth while engaged in one of Claremont’s diverse programs in religious studies.
The Claremont Religion department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in a wide variety of specialties including Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Women Studies in Religion, History of Christianity and North American Religion. The study of Mormonism may be woven into any of these programs. The M.A. requires two years of course work including a thesis. The Ph.D. requires two years of course work, general examinations, and a dissertation.