Religion has been a persistent and central part of every human culture. It has taken countless forms and served various functions, and it emerges whenever people raise questions about the meaning of existence, the purpose of life, and the source of ultimate value. The answers to these questions are powerfully embodied in the world’s religions—in their histories and traditions, their symbols and rituals, their ethical systems and statements of faith.
The religion major and minor focus on the contributions of the Judeo-Christian tradition and its central place in the development of Western civilization. The program introduces students to the literature of the Bible, the major theological expressions of Christianity, and spiritual institutions and practices outside the Western tradition.
Students who major in Religion will be able to:
- understand the theology of the Christian biblical canon and engage in the critical study of biblical texts;
- think critically and reflectively about how Christian ideals and principles relate to contemporary values and issues;
- comprehend and appreciate the theoretical foundations and global expressions of religions other than Christianity; and
- explore their goals as religious professionals by both reflecting on their vocational interests and engaging in activities that introduce them to vocational settings.
Professor: Karl Kuhn
Assistant Professor: Robert Sizemore