Courses offered by the program in religion are designed to deepen the understanding of humanity’s personal and cultural experience of religion. Students may profit from these courses regardless of their major field of study or career intentions.
The belief and practices of religious humanity, past and present, are treated in the course offerings of this faculty. These offerings include introductory courses of interest to the general student and courses in the following curriculum areas: the Bible and literature; ethics and society; and philosophy and religion.
The course of study encourages a critical approach to religious texts and traditions, emphasizing literary, historical, philosophical, theological, and moral inquiries. Course offerings are designed to expose students to the variety of religious languages, literatures and modes of inquiry.
Courses are taught in the following curriculum areas: the Bible; early Christian thought; medieval Christian and Jewish thought; studies in Catholicism, Protestantism and Judaism; ethics and society; church-state relations; and philosophy and religion. Like other degree programs in the humanities, the Bachelor of Arts in religion cultivates the habits of mind one needs in order to think and write with care and precision, and prepares one for graduate and professional studies.