Learning Outcomes

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1 Students will explore the “big questions” of life.

  • Summarize alternative theories or narratives of the sacred or the divine
  • Explain theories of evil, suffering, or sin
  • Express human purpose or meaning through the lens of at least one religious tradition

Goal #2 Students will understand the basic phenomenology of religion.

  • Identify foundational stories, myths, and language of at least one tradition
  • Identify ritual dimensions of religious traditions in sacred texts or practice
  • Explain how religion functions to establish personal and group identity

Goal #3 Students will understand religious traditions from a variety of perspectives.

  • Respectfully represent foundational religious narratives and practices of a tradition other than the student’s own
  • Compare differing ethical traditions (within or among religious and cultural groups)
  • Articulate how race, class, gender, or sexual orientation inform religious texts, themes, or issues

Goal #4 Students will become ethically aware and socially responsible in one's personal and professional life.

  • Participate in and reflect upon one's own and others’ learning in religious ethics and beliefs
  • Engage others in conversation and practice about issues of faith and ethics
  • Identify the social value of claims made
  • Show familiarity with sources of moral authority and guidance

Goal #5 Students will develop critical thinking skills.

  • Present a paper or report (orally and in writing) with clarity and coherence in accord with academic standards
  • Read and analyze religious and scholarly texts/practices
  • Identify religious or theological assumptions in texts (narrative, discursive) and/or practices
  • Articulate practical applications of one’s learning in religious studies

Religious Studies

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