The courses offered by the Religion Department explore the religious dimensions of human experience as expressed in literary, historical, & symbolic forms. They focus on how human response to the sacred in word and deed becomes part of a system of meaning and purpose. Using a variety of disciplinary perspectives, Religion Department courses introduce students to a wide range of the religious traditions of the world.
The main goal of all Religion Department courses is to equip students with the skills for understanding and appreciating the rich diversity of religious traditions from around the world, as well as their own religious experience, and for identifying and interpreting for themselves the ultimate questions religious traditions address.
The courses of the department are grounded in a commitment to the liberal arts by their focus on interdisciplinary approaches, critical thinking, writing skills and personal and spiritual development. While a religion major is ideal for the pursuit of a Christian vocation or graduate work in religious studies, its emphases on thinking, writing, and ethics make it equally valuable for a variety of careers in the public or private sector.