Religious Studies Learning Objectives
The religious studies major introduces students to the nature and place of religion in human experience in both its individual and corporate dimensions. Students examine the scriptural, historical, theological and ethical traditions of the world's religions, as well as the relationship between religion and various forms of culture.
Graduates in religious studies advance into career positions in government, business, service, law, medicine, the ministry, anthropology and psychology. Mount Union also offers a pre-ministry concentration for students wishing to pursue the ministry.
After the completion of the religious studies degree, students will demonstrate:
- An understanding of the variety of interpretations of religion and the major theoretical frameworks that support them.
- An understanding of at least two major approaches to the study of religion (theology, sociology, social ethics, philosophy, history).
- An understanding of the major methods and interpretive theories in the field of biblical studies.
- An understanding of the major beliefs, rituals, sacred texts, leaders, and social groups of at least two religious traditions.
- An understanding of the issues of human diversity such as gender, ethnicity, and class for the past and present shape of religion.
- The ability to articulate an understanding of the historical development of Christian tradition from its inception to the present.
- An understanding of biblical texts within their historical and contemporary contexts.