First secular Mormon studies professorship comes to Claremont
CLAREMONT, Calif. Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, will become the country’s first secular college with a Mormon-studies professorship.
The school kicked off a six-million-dollar fund-raising campaign for the Howard W. Hunter Chair for Mormon Studies.
It’s named after the only California-born president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
School officials say the Mormon-studies classes will start in fall 2007.
Claremont already offers courses on the Indic, Jewish, Islamic, Catholic, Protestant, Middle Eastern Orthodox and Zoroastrian faiths.
Officials say its push to offer a comprehensive study of comparative religions is important because of increasing diversity in the United States, and increasing violence over religious differences abroad.