What You’ll Study
Undaunted by hard questions and ready to challenge your own ideas and positions? Our religious studies minor will introduce you to diverse cultures and provide you with the critical and academic tools to come to a new understanding of our world. The reflection and thought that the program requires will leave you with a deeper understanding of the role religion plays in relationship to ethics, power, and group dynamics — lessons that will serve you well within a range of communities, from groups of friends to workplace culture.
The Religious Studies program will allow you to:
- recognize the basic kinds of shared experiences that define religion as a category of inquiry (i.e. sacred texts, religious authorities, ritual practices, ethical standards, concepts of the sacred, etc.).
- examine the distinctive features of these components as expressed by communities in relation to power, difference, and change.
- learn a variety of theoretical and methodological tools within disciplines like Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology.
- integrate critical thinking and personal experience.
- empathize with individuals and communities whose experiences of religion may differ from your own.