Bachelor of Arts - Religion: Program Goals
- To understand the various ways in which the religious question is asked and the religious affirmation is made.
- To become familiar with a variety of methods of the study of religions, including philosophical, theological, sociological, historical and comparative.
- To develop the ability to critically analyze religious texts, precepts and practices.
- To help students to think critically and cross-culturally about whom they are in relationship to themselves, their social and world communities, and the wider cosmos.
- To critically engage issues and problems in contemporary societies as they relate to the religious question.
General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals)
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
- Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
- Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
- Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
- Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
- Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
- Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
- Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
- Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
- Students must explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationship to the environment.
Link to Curriculum Map (Courses mapped to Program Goals)