Humanities Department Goals
- Investigate topics using interdisciplinary approaches;
- Appreciate, understand and celebrate diversity, while knowing how to identify and bracket one's own cultural bias;
- Think critically and creatively, without fear to question authority and to express rational skepticism;
- Understand creations of the human imagination and intellect;
- Synthesize various forms of knowledge to solve aesthetic, social and cultural problems;
- Read, write and speak as members of the educated public and as citizens unafraid to face controversy;
- Develop and integrate performance and research skills;
- Become concerned and involved citizens, speaking on controversial issues and acting to influence the course of history.
Learning Objectives - BA Religious Studies
- Demonstrate a high level of religious literacy, including the ability to articulate etic and emic perspectives about religions.
- Explain scholarly interpretations of religious traditions, including major Asian and Western religions as well as selected popular, indigenous, or tribal traditions.
- Show awareness of the interdisciplinarity of comparative religious studies and of a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of religion including anthropological, aesthetic, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological and theological).
- Demonstrate familiarity with theories on the culturally constructed nature of religious beliefs as well as of perspectives in the study of religions; and demonstrate how religious texts and practices are interpretable in multiple ways.
- Write and speak about religions in a scholarly, civil, and respectful manner, using the academic discourses that have evolved for this purpose.
- Show one understands the importance of scholarly research and demonstrate appropriate research skills.
- Encounter and engage faculty, students, and community members who hold diverse views within and about religious traditions.
This page last updated 10/6/2010