Religion majors will demonstrate analytical and critical reasoning skills required for the academic study of religion. Specifically, religion majors will demonstrate knowledge of:
- Basic beliefs, practices, and community structures of different religious traditions, both historically and as part of the dynamic flow of contemporary global society.
- Frameworks for the reading and analysis of primary source religious texts.
- Research methodologies for examining religious issues as expressed in historical and contemporary literature.
- 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.
- Methods for examining how religious thinking intersects with everyday decisions arising in relation to social, cultural, political, and philosophical issues.