Students interested in Mormon studies should first determine how they want to study Mormonism. The two most common paths students choose are through the department of religion or the department of history. But some students choose to study Mormonism through the methods of another discipline, like literature or politics. View information about CGU’s various departments, all of which support work on Mormonism.
One can emphasize Mormon studies in either a PhD or a masters’ program. The holder of the Howard W. Hunter Chair regularly directs dissertations and masters’ theses focusing on the study of Mormonism.
“Mormonism as a New Religious Movement”
This course explores how academics understand the emergence, growth and transformation of new religious movements, like Scientology or Wicca, using Mormonism as a primary example.
“American Women in Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, and Evangelicalism”
This course compares the history of women in three American Christian traditions.
This course considers the variety of ways the Book of Mormon has been studied and used, and how different academic approaches – the study of literature, philosophy, archaeology, and history – have been used to understand it.
“The Mormon Theological Tradition”
Using a theological and philosophical approach, this course evaluates the history and future of Mormon intellectual life.
“Globalization, Religion, Mormonism”
This course asks what happens to religion as it expands globally, using the expansion of Mormonism outside the United States as a case study.