College of Arts and Sciences
Theology and Religious Studies Department

Learning Outcomes

  • Seattle University undergraduate Theology and Religious Studies students should be able to:

    • Engage theology and religious studies as fields of academic inquiry with a variety of methodologies.  
    • Recognize and critically examine the dynamic interplay between the religious dimensions of life and the other aspects of culture and the natural world. 
    • Understand the varieties of religious traditions and to appreciate the internal diversity within those traditions. 
    • Interpret religious texts in their literary and socio-historical setting, conscious of the role of social location at each level of interpretation. 
    • Explore the ethical dimensions intrinsic to religion, and the relation between ethical discernment and religious traditions. 
    • Articulate the basic characteristics of Spirituality as an academic discipline and its relationship to theology and other academic disciplines.
    • Understand and demonstrate an in-depth comparative understanding of at least one other major world religion in addition to Christianity in areas such as but not limited to scripture, ethics, rituals, interreligious dialogue and spirituality.
    • Articulate both Catholicism's affirmation of the continuity of meaning within key doctrines and recognition of the influence of historical and cultural context in their formulation and development. 

    For complete list of Learning Outcomes for Seattle University Undergraduate Students, click here.