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Department: Religious Studies

Religious Studies

About the Department

Religion represents the human response to the profound experience of God throughout the centuries.


The religious studies department of the School of Arts and Sciences offers a major and a minor in religious studies to students in the Women's College and College of Adult Undergraduate Studies.  The religious studies major explores various dimensions of the Christian message and its impact on human activity, especially in the development of human values.  The program is firmly based on biblical studies, systematic theology, practical theology, religion and culture, and religious ethics.  Women's contributions to spirituality, religious thought and history, as well as the ecumenical and interfaith aspects of the discipline, are woven into the program and are treated at greater depth in courses devoted exclusively to these topics.  The program stresses critical thinking and respect for the religious commitments of all persons, and also is seen as a step towards transforming society.