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Student Learning Outcomes

The expected Student Learning Outcomes for the Religion Department are:

Religion majors will demonstrate analytical and critical reasoning skills required for the academic study of religion.  Specifically, religion majors will demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. Basic beliefs, practices, and community structures of different religious traditions, both historically and as part of the dynamic flow of contemporary global society.
  2. Frameworks for the reading and analysis of primary source religious texts.
  3. Research methodologies for examining religious issues as expressed in historical and contemporary literature.
  4. Structures for the discussion of religious ideas and religious questions in a way that encourages the cross-fertilization of ideas, deeper understanding of contrary perspectives, and respect for difference.
  5. Methods for examining how religious thinking intersects with everyday decisions arising in relation to social, cultural, political, and philosophical issues.