College Introduces Major in Secularism

by Nathan Harden

Pitzer College, a small college in Southern California, has created the world’s first department of secular studies.

The New York Times has the story:

Professors from other departments, including history, philosophy, religion, science and sociology, will teach courses like “God, Darwin and Design in America,” “Anxiety in the Age of Reason” and “Bible as Literature.” . . .

Pitzer, founded in 1963, is known as a liberal college that emphasizes community service and environmentalism. . . .

On April 28, Pitzer faculty members on the College Council voted unanimously to approve the secular studies major, subject to review in four years.

Laura Skandera Trombley, the president of Pitzer, said in an interview, “It’s a serious area of scholarly endeavor, and Pitzer College has a tradition of doing really exciting, cutting-edge intellectual work, so this really fits into the ethos of the college.