Bachelor of Arts - Religion: Program Goals


Program Goals

  1. To understand the various ways in which the religious question is asked and the religious  affirmation is made.
  2. To become familiar with a variety of methods of the study of religions, including philosophical,  theological, sociological, historical  and comparative.
  3. To develop the ability to critically analyze religious texts, precepts and practices.
  4. 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.
  5. To critically engage issues and problems in contemporary societies as they relate to the religious question.

General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals)

  1. Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
  2. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
  3. Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
  4. Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
  5. Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
  6. Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
  7. Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
  8. Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
  9. Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
  10. Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
  11. 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)