Learning Outcomes

List of 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.