Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

The Religious Studies B.A. curriculum will train and equip students to:

  1. Know: the basic worldviews and practices of a variety of religious traditions (e.g., tribal/indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
  2. Know the concepts and methods of religious studies as a nonsectarian, interdisciplinary way of exploring the amazing diversity of the world’s religions.
  3. Understand the dimensions of religion (experiential, mythical, doctrinal, ethical, ritual, social) as a tool for analyzing and comparing religious traditions. 
  4. Understand how religions change over time in response to both internal and external circumstances.
  5. Be able to read and analyze religious sources, both textual and non-textual, in social and historical context.
  6. Be able to speak and write about competing religious claims in a fair-minded and informed manner
  7. Be able to deal comfortably with complexity and diversity in a way applicable not only to careers in religion but also to jobs in business, communication, education, international relations, fine arts, government, law, medicine, nonprofit management, social services, and other fields.