The Religious Studies Program offers courses that foster the understanding of world religions and their influence on human behavior and world affairs. Knowledge of the beliefs, practices, and history of world religions is essential to the education of thoughtful citizens in our global society.
Courses in Religious Studies provide an arena for respectful dialogue among major world religions, and facilitate understanding of contemporary conflicts having to do with religious identity. Courses draw on textual analysis, history, anthropology, psychology, art history, sociological and cultural analysis, and political philosophy with the purpose of approaching and analyzing a central area of human experience. Thus students acquire essential skills for comprehending politics and cultures on a global scale. The program offers a major and a minor in Religious Studies.