Upon completion of their degree, Religion majors will be able to:
- Explain “Religion” as a category of analysis in academic contexts, identifying when and how religious beliefs, interpretations, and practices shape human life, culture, and history, as well as how they change over time.
- Analyze religious traditions and expressions within their historical, social, and cultural contexts.
- Describe an array of academic tools or methods in the study of Religion (including textual analysis, historical methods, theological and ethical reasoning, ethnography); apply some of these methods to focused questions in upper-division seminars; and demonstrate the use of one method in a culminating project.
- Demonstrate the ability to engage in constructive dialogue as they explore tensions between universal truths and particular interpretations and practices, and between historical movements and the urgent challenges of today.
- Demonstrate skills of critical reading, scholarly thesis-driven research and writing, and effective oral presentation.