The Occult Studies program is unique to Miskatonic University, and therefore has attracted top scholars from around the world. The term “occult,” from the Latin occultus, means hidden or secret. Perhaps ironically, the Occult Studies department is devoted to uncovering the secret knowledge of societies around the globe. Courses in the department focus on a wide variety of traditions. Many courses are offered in conjunction with the Religion Department as well as with Archaeology.