Religious Studies (BA)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Students will possess an understanding of the major methodological approaches required in studying religion.

  • 1.1 Students will be able to articulate clearly the different commitments of an academic student of religion and a religious practitioner.
  • 1.2 Students will be able to demonstrate effective use of relevant library resources in the development of an independent religious studies thesis.
  • 1.3 Students will be able to apply a particular method/theory to the study of a discrete data set pertaining to religion.
  • 1.4 Students will be able to name three major methodological/disciplinary approaches utilized in the study of religion and one major proponent of each particular approach.
  • 1.5 Students will know how to formulate and defend a religious studies thesis.

2. Students will possess skills that assist them in constructively addressing contemporary issues related to religion in our world today and prepare them for global citizenship.

  • 2.1 Students will be able to construct a well-reasoned religious studies argument about a contemporary problem.
  • 2.2 Students will be able to examine religious issues from critical, non-confessional points of view.
  • 2.3 Students will be able to name at least three contemporary problems where religion plays a critical role.
  • 2.4 Students will demonstrate the central and critical place of religious studies in a liberal arts education and in the university's overall mission.

3. Students will understand the historical development and contemporary relevance of religious belief and practice.

  • 3.1 Students will be able to discuss three major ways that religious traditions have affected world history.
  • 3.2 Students will be able to name 3 so-called 'Western' religious traditions and 3 so-called 'Eastern' religious traditions.
  • 3.3 Students will be able to name an important text or ritual for at least three major religious traditions and will be able to briefly discuss its relevance, importance, and/or function for the religion.
  • 3.4 Students will be able to name the founder(s) and core concepts of at least three major religious traditions.
  • 3.5 Students will be able to name three of the fastest growing religious traditions and the area(s) (e.g., geographical, socio-cultural, political, etc.) in which their growth is most pronounced.