Program Learning Outcomes
Bachelor of Arts
I. Learning Goal: Students will develop a sophisticated appreciation for the complexity of religious cultures and communities.
- Students examine and apply a variety of methodological approaches for exploring religious traditions.
- Students recognize diverse forms of religious thought and practices within and between religious traditions.
- Students identify the reciprocal dynamic of religious beliefs and practices with politics, economics, and other social arenas.
II. Learning Goal: Students will encounter religious texts by employing interpretive reading methods giving light to new insights for illumining their lives.
- Students critically analyze and interpret texts invested with religious authority.
- Students distinguish and locate transformative textual processes in different historical-cultural contexts.
III. Learning Goal: Students will be transformed by their learning.
- Students analyze complex ethical questions through a variety of ethical perspectives including those grounded in religious traditions.
- Students discover an evolving self-knowledge, which includes an awareness of their own ethical values and a familiarity with their own sources for personal renewal, encounters with beauty, and compassion towards self and others.
IV. Learning Goal: Students will develop skills enabling them to be independent thinkers.
- Students create an independent research project through formulating an original, substantive and meaningful thesis, and provide evidence of prolonged engagement with appropriate sources in order to support their argument.
- Students articulate their academic voice by placing their own project in conversation with broader scholarship. Students will demonstrate their mastery of their project by communicating their findings in a public forum.
Learning outcome for all graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences