About the Department

The Religious Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara is the largest religion department in the University of California system, and one of the most diverse religion departments in the world. With an internationally recognized faculty of twenty-three professors, two permanent lecturers, and more than twenty affiliates and visiting scholars, the Department prides itself on both the breadth and depth of its course offerings and programs. Many of the languages necessary for the study of the religion — Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, and Tibetan — are taught within Religious Studies. The Department celebrated its 50th anniversary during calendar year 2014. (Read more…)

Words From the Chair

Kathleen M. Moore - Department Chair

Kathleen M. Moore
Department Chair

In the 2013/14 academic year we celebrated the Department’s fiftieth anniversary! Established in 1964 with three full-time professors — Dick Comstock, D. Mackenzie Brown, and Walter Capps — we’ve grown over the past five decades to become the largest Department of Religious Studies in the University of California system, with 26 fulltime faculty, six emeriti, and two permanent lecturers. We also have a large cohort of affiliated faculty whose primary appointments are in disciplines that range across the social sciences and humanities. We are justifiably proud to have played an important role in advancing the academic study of religion in public universities not only in the Golden State, but across the nation. (Read more…)