Religion Learning Goals

The religious studies major is, by its very nature, Intercultural and Comparative; Multi-disciplinary; Critical; Integrative; Creative and Constructive. We expect our students to:

1. explore more than one religious tradition and engage the phenomena of religion comparatively across and within cultures.

2. understand and apply a range of methodological and theoretical approaches to religious phenomena.

3. examine and engage religious phenomena, including issues of ethical and social responsibility, from a perspective of critical inquiry and analysis of both the other and the self.

4. apply theoretical knowledge of religious phenomena to lived, practical contexts, both historical and current.

5. employ knowledge of religious phenomena and the skills of religious studies in the solving of complex problems, including those raised in the personal and social engagement of issues of life, death, love, violence, suffering, and meaning.