College of Arts and Sciences
Theology and Religious Studies

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes: Christian Theology Specialization

    1. Engage theology and religious studies as fields of academic inquiry with a variety of methodologies.  
    2. Recognize and critically examine the dynamic interplay between the religious dimensions of life and the other aspects of culture and the natural world. 
    3. Understand the varieties of religious traditions and to appreciate the internal diversity within those traditions. 
    4. Interpret religious texts in their literary and socio-historical setting, conscious of the role of social location at each level of interpretation. 
    5. Explore the ethical dimensions intrinsic to religion, and the relation between ethical discernment and religious traditions. 
    6. Articulate the basic characteristics of Spirituality as an academic discipline and its relationship to theology and other academic disciplines.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.

    Learning Outcomes: Comparative Religion Specialization

    1. Become versed in methodologies associated with religious studies.
    2. Recognize and critically examine the dynamic interplay between the religious dimensions of life and other aspects of culture and the natural world.
    3. Articulate and distinguish the features of religious traditions in diverse and global contexts.
    4. Understand the impact of geographic and cultural diversity on individual religious traditions and their interpretations of their texts. 
    5. Explore the ethical dimension intrinsic to religion, and the relation between ethical discernment and religious traditions.
    6. Articulate the basic characteristics of Spirituality in varied religious traditions, and explore the connection between Spirituality and other aspects of each religious tradition.  
    7. Understand and demonstrate an in-depth comparative understanding of at least two major world religions in areas such as but not limited to scripture, ethics, rituals, interreligious dialogue, and spirituality.
    8. Engage in the process of finding commonalities among diverse religious traditions while problematizing this comparative exercise.