Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (B.A.)

Students completing the Religious Studies B.A. program will achieve the following:

  • Know
  • the basic worldviews and practices of a variety of religious traditions (e.g., tribal/indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and
  • the concepts and methods of religious studies as a nonsectarian, interdisciplinary way of exploring the amazing diversity of the world’s religions.
  • Understand
  • the dimensions of religion (experiential, mythical, doctrinal, ethical, ritual, social) as a tool for analyzing and comparing religious traditions and
  • how religions change over time in response to both internal and external circumstances.
  • Be able to
  • read and analyze religious sources, both textual and non-textual, in social and historical context;
  • speak and write about competing religious claims in a fair-minded and informed manner; and
  • deal comfortably with complexity and diversity in a way applicable not only to careers in religion but also to jobs in business, communication, education, international relations, fine arts, government, law, medicine, nonprofit management, social services, and other fields.