Religious Studies majors will achieve the quintessential goal of liberal education—to acquire multiple critically examined frames of reference for understanding and engaging the world. Toward this overarching goal they will:
develop sufficient familiarity with three religious traditions to
- describe their beliefs, history, and practice, their historical and geographical diversity, and their interaction with institutions, groups, and individuals,
- identify and analyze their manifestations in text and culture,
- participate in debates regarding the critical issues associated with their study, and
- describe and analyze their relationships with other religious traditions.
- develop sufficient proficiency in a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to the study of religion so that they
- know the basic history of the discipline from the eighteenth century to the present,
- recognize and distinguish them in secondary sources,
- explain their relative strengths and weaknesses,
- analyze their application in the study of various phenomena, questions, and critical issues, and
- lay a foundation for their critical integration in a broader understanding of the nature of religion.
carry out sustained research and writing on a topic in the field of religious studies that requires them to
- locate, read critically, and deploy in original thought relevant primary and secondary resources,
- produce a technically sound research paper in a the genre relevant to the research assignment (e.g., descriptive, analytical, compare-and-contrast, etc.), and
- communicate research results to audiences unfamiliar with the field, in written and oral form.