In individual courses

  • Know the key beliefs of a major religious tradition
  • Know the key practices of a major religious tradition
  • Know the major figures in the history of a major religious tradition
  • Know the key rituals and observances of a major religious tradition
  • Know the major tests and scriptures of a major religious tradition
  • Know the key events in the history of a major religious tradition
  • Acquire a historical understanding of religion
  • Gain advanced knowledge of at least one religious tradition

For majors

  • Understand theories used in religious studies
  • Understand the concepts used by scholars to study religion
  • Be familiar with a breadth of religious traditions
  • Gain advanced knowledge of at least one category in religious studies (e.g. ritual, myth)
  • Be adept at making comparisons within a religious tradition
  • Be adepts at making comparisons across religious traditions
  • Learn the history of the academic study of religion
  • Formulate, research, write, and present a research project
  • Be able to explain how religion functions in society
  • Understand how religions can be forces for good and evil
  • Understand how knowledge about religion is constructed
  • Become methodologically self-conscious
  • Understand a variety of approaches one could use to study religion