Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a religion major will be:

Biblically literate

Through the study of the Bible, including the varieties of literature in the Bible, their historical contexts, and approaches to biblical criticism, religion majors will be able to . . . 

  • Summarize biblical texts
  • Use biblical research tools
  • Analyze biblical texts in light of their historical and literary contexts
  • Apply biblical texts to contemporary faith and life

Ethically motivated thinkers and doers

Through the exploration of ethical messages in religious texts, which may include theologies, philosophies of religion, and systems of religious ethics, religion majors will be able to . . .

  • Examine sources and reflect upon and produce original responses to questions
  • Articulate the ethical messages of theological texts and their relevance to contemporary faith and life
  • Apply biblical values to ethical decisions
  • Address problems in the classroom, campus, and community

Culturally engaged and historically informed global citizens

Through the exploration of religions in their global contexts, including the history of religions, religion majors will be able to . . . 

  • Compare religious traditions and sacred texts
  • Evaluate the relationship between places of worship and religiously significant sites and the traditions they represent
  • Appraise the relationship between religion and history, including significant religious figures
  • Engage in and reflect upon dialogue with other religious communities
  • Articulate the value of their own religious communities and traditions
  • Analyze trends in religion and their impact