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Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives


The Religion Department has the following goals for its majors:

  1. An appreciation of the diversity among and within the world's religious traditions, both today and throughout history. This appreciation includes an understanding of the genres and modes of religious expression and the social and political contexts of that expression.
  2. The ability to analyze rigorously, but empathetically, complex systems of belief and practice, and to formulate questions about those systems.
  3. An understanding of the tools of interpretation and methods of research employed by scholars of religion and an ability to use these approaches in conducting an analytical or research project.
  4. The ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech. The student will learn to argue persuasively and to see projects through to completion.
  5. An understanding of the place the study of religion has in informing discussions about human values and cultural norms.

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