Welcome to MAPS, the Metropolitan Area Pluralism Study.

The Metropolitan Area Pluralism Study (MAPS) locates, charts, and digitally publishes a visual and descriptive guide to the religious diversity that exists in the San Diego region. It fulfills one of the goals of the Department of Religious Studies, namely, “to cultivate an understanding of religious pluralism,” that is, to help people comprehend the nature of religious diversity that exists in our world. Working with students, faculty, and the community, MAPS identifies the religious institutions and organizations that exist in our own backyard. Use the site’s search function, or directory of religions to find a religious group of interest.

This site presents:

  • information generated by faculty, students, and staff at San Diego State University
  • a directory of religious and irreligious groups in San Diego County