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Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for B.A. in Religious Studies

  1. Students will have an in-depth understanding of the basic beliefs, practices, history, and sacred texts of at least two major traditions of the student’s choosing.
  2. Students can articulate how religious symbols and narratives are interpreted and mobilized to construct meaning in human life, by individuals and by communities – and how this changes over time or across different communities.
  3. Students can utilize a variety of analytical concepts and hermeneutic methods from the humanities and social sciences to describe and evaluate the basic beliefs and practices of at least two major religious traditions, how they have developed historically, and the approaches to sacred writings within those traditions.
  4. Students can engage in public dialogue and debate regarding ethical and political issues related to religion.
  5. Students can articulate their own thoughts clearly in critical discussion and in writing.
  6. Students can engage in constructive dialogue regarding the role religions play in public life in a modern democracy.
  7. Students will appreciate the diverse accounts of wisdom and scripturally based moralities articulated by different religious traditions.

Course Learning Objectives for RELG 107--Living World Religions

Through successful completion of this course, you will:

  1. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the origins and developments of some of the world’s major living religions.
  2. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze and explain the terminology, theology, rituals and scriptures of different religions.
  3. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and describe the uniqueness of different religious traditions orally and in writing as a counter to popular disinformation.
  4. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze and explain different religions in terms of their relations to culture and practice.

 Course Learning Objectives for RELG 263--Eastern Religions

Through successful completion of this course, you will:

  1. Analyze and critically interpret the significant primary texts within the Eastern traditions.
  2. Explain and analyze the main tenets of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
  3. Evaluate the wisdom that lies within the Eastern traditions.
  4. Analyze the Eastern religions in terms of their relations to culture and practice.