Secular Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on manifestations of the secular in societies and cultures, past and present. Secular Studies involves the study of non-religious people, groups, thought, and cultural expressions. There are many possible approaches, but the program emphasizes the meanings and impact of political secularism and philosophical skepticism, as well as various forms of private and public secularity. Seeking neither to applaud nor condemn secularism and secularity, secular studies instead attempts to critically understand and analyze both, utilizing the tools and approaches of social science, history, philosophy, as well as the arts and humanities. Secular studies is not a major, but students wishing to develop a special major in secular studies should consult with Prof. Phil Zuckerman concerning a proposed plan of study.
Pitzer Advisers: Ciara Ennis, Scot A.C. Gould (Keck Science Dept.), Azamat Junisbai, Adrian Pantoja, Andre Wakefield, Phil Zuckerman.