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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while minoring in religious studies.


On-Campus Experiences  

Mills offers many opportunities right on campus to explore faith traditions as well as art forms and ideas that reflect diverse belief systems:

  • The Department of Spiritual and Religious Life organizes lectures and discussions on topics ranging from meditation to Islamophobia. It also facilitates gatherings of faith-based and interfaith groups and can help students connect with churches and other faith organizations in the community.
  • The nondenominational Mills Chapel serves as a space for spiritual and religious programs and services, as well as a quiet place for anyone desiring to sit in reflection.
  • The Pagan Alliance, a student club, supports its members in exploring and participating in different forms of polytheistic nature-rooted spirituality.
  • The Mills College Art Museum contains more than 10,000 works from the first century BC to the present. It hosts exhibitions on a wide range of critical contemporary themes.
  • Many on-campus lecture series within the humanities provide stimulating, cross-disciplinary perspectives on diverse topics. The Contemporary Writers Series brings in renowned writers to read from and discuss their work. Lecture series in the Art Department bring innovative artists, art critics, and curators to campus. On-campus lectures within the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department attract writers and activists to speak on wide-ranging topics related to gender identity and sexuality.

Academic Conferences
Present a research paper at a national meeting of religious studies scholars. Your professors can provide you with guidance on refining papers for conferences and coach you on presentation skills.

Religious Study in the San Francisco Bay Area
The vibrant, diverse San Francisco Bay Area offers rich resources and opportunities for the study of religion. Students can take courses or attend lectures at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, which comprises numerous centers and seminaries representing diverse faiths and approaches to religious studies. Many public lectures, activities, and events are offered through Bay Area Interfaith Connect, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, among many other organizations.