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Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the study of religion is to introduce the student to the religious heritage of humankind and to challenge the student to think critically and constructively in dialogue with this heritage. An academic understanding of religion is an essential ingredient of a liberal arts education, and thus the faculty of religion teaches a variety of courses in Biblical studies, religious thought and practice, and history of religions to aid students in interpreting the religious dimension of life.

Upon completion of the religion major, students will be able to

  • demonstrate a significant familiarity with at least one religious tradition, recognize its diverse manifestations in particular cultural contexts, and engage in informed discussion of its history and practices,

  • interpret “textual religion” and apply the methodologies ( linguistic, literary, sociological, historical, rhetorical, or ideological) that relate to the critical interpretation of sacred texts and religious writings,

  • integrate the study of religion into other disciplinary studies,

  • conduct original scholarly research in the academic study of religion,

  • present scholarly research to a public audience.

For more information, including a full list of courses, consult the College Catalog.