The Department of Religion

Claremont is a setting like no other for the study of religion. Our name is synonymous with excellence in graduate religious studies. CGU programs are student-centered and characterized by personal attention and flexibility. Our faculty enjoys a national reputation for scholarship of the highest caliber. They are widely recognized for successfully combining traditional modes of scholarship with new methodologies in the social sciences and the humanities. The students and professors form quality, collaborative relationships in the Department of Religion. Here you will discover a program that allows a diversity of opinions about how religion ought to be studied, a place that reflects that diversity without reducing the differences, and a place in which many approaches are advocated, pursued, and criticized according to the standards of scholarship. This is an institution that values the richness of differences enough to provide a space for them.

The Consortium

CGU also provides a uniquely supportive environment as a member of the Claremont Colleges Consortium of seven independent, private institutions. This allows for an intimate educational experience coupled with the academice breadth and resources of a much larger institution. Many of the 550 faculty members from the undergraduate colleges – Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer – actively participate in CGU's academic programs. We share a variety of central services, programs, and facilities, including a library system with over 2-million volumes, a bookstore, a student health service, a counseling center, and a chaplains' office and religious center. We also enjoy frequent collaboration with facult in the Humanities, as well as a unique historic cooperation Claremont School of Theology, where our students have access to a collection of 170,000 volumes in the field of religion.

Claremont and Southern California

CGU is located in the city of Claremont, a residential community 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Claremont's development has always been closely associated with that of the colleges, and its residents take pride in their academic community. Situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Claremont has small-town charm, with tree-lined streets, friendly people, and year-round sunshine. Our location provides easy access to the diverse cultural and social scene of L.A., as well as an array of leisure activities in the mountains, at the beach, or in the desert.

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