Religious Studies

What is Religious Studies?

Religious Studies courses examine the nature and function of religious beliefs and practices in the development of human self-understanding and in the conduct of human affairs.  The curriculum presupposes that the study of religion involves a great variety of subjects that can be explored from the perspective of several different disciplines and in terms of multiple methodologies.  Courses in the curriculum acquaint students with a rich diversity of scholarship on religion and with critical methods employed in the interpretation of religious phenomena.  Students of all backgrounds and fields of study should find courses in religion helpful for understanding how religious ideas and ideals have shaped the way people live and think.