Religious Studies Program
Understanding Religious Studies as it spans various disciplines as well as various cultures prepares students to think critically and creatively connect differing perspectives which is an essential foundation for intercultural civic engagement.
In this interdisciplinary program students learn to address religion in relation to broad historical, political, cultural and philosophical themes in order to understand the complexity of the differing elements of topics such as religious legitimatization of war or the rise of fundamentalism. The core courses plus electives supports critical reasoning, equipping students to shape their lives, their professions and society by bringing a deep understanding of the issues of religion into public dialogue. An interdisciplinary methodology builds the capacity to make connections between fields of knowledge, between differing cultures and traditions, and between theory and real-world practice. Student learning outcomes for the Religious Studies Program include:
*Demonstrating the ability to interpret religious diversity;
*Applying critical thinking and textual analysis to compare and contrast religious phenomena;
*Applying concepts and methods of religious studies to analyze human society and culture within and across specific historical and geographic contexts;
*Demonstrate ability to communicate effective analysis and argumentation in written and oral formats;
*Integrate various disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks within analysis of religious phenomena; and
*Interrogate religious phenomena within the context of societies and cultures, including the interplay among religion and other broad social, cultural, political, and environmental factors.