Dec 05, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Religious Studies Minor


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Most people experience religion from within some particular religious tradition. However, to study religion from the academic standpoint is to adopt the perspective of a detached but empathetic observer. Using the tools and methodologies of the humanities and social sciences, the student of religion seeks to better understand the perspective of religious people, to map and explain the various elements of religious life, and finally, to evaluate the claims made by religious people and the role of religion in human life. The minor is of value to students preparing for further study in religious studies or allied fields after graduation, such as graduate school or seminary, and to those who want to understand one of humanity’s most basic responses to life.

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