Department of Global Religions
What is the Study of Global Religions About?
Global Religions opens doors for students to explore the vast diversity of religious experience and thought around the world. It is more important than ever for students to grow as global citizens who are aware of and conversant in the variety of religious perspectives and communities that graduates will encounter in their professional lives. Courses guide students to learn about the historical roots of world religions, and engage with urgent social realities of today's world.
The Global Religions Experience
Your study will take you around the world as you explore the nature and function of religion in human experience. You will learn many different methods to investigate religious texts, theologies, rituals, beliefs, cultures, histories and more, as you question the ways religion enriches and complicates the lives of people as a major source of their values, ideals and practices.
Taking one or more courses in the Religion Department will increase your capacities in the following areas that are highly desired by employers in today's world:
- intercultural understanding,
- engagement of big questions,
- critical thinking,
- strong writing skills,
- close reading,
- moral deliberation,
- and the application of all these skills to new global contexts and lived behaviors.
You're encouraged to bring your own questions to the building of skills in thinking and reading, speaking and writing, and approaching and understanding cultures radically different from your own. Our study helps us learn to listen and understand the differences in and between people.