Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their degree, Religion majors will be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. Analyze religious traditions and expressions within their historical, social, and cultural contexts.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate skills of critical reading, scholarly thesis-driven research and writing, and effective oral presentation.