The study of religion deals with the deepest and most basic questions of human existence: the meaning and purpose of life, relations with a divine presence and power, interpersonal relations and ultimate human destiny.

 

 A program of religious studies at the university level will seek to examine the various religious traditions, taking an historical and critical approach and utilizing the insights and advances of modern scholarship. It will be concerned with the Judaeo-Christian tradition, but also with all the major world faiths; with the origins and history of religious traditions, but also with the live issues and contemporary concerns of religion today. The study of religion is not confined to those preparing for theological studies; it has a valid and vital place in a liberal arts program.
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Such a program does not exist to advocate one faith rather than another, and least of all to proselytize on behalf of one denomination. It is designed to encourage students to study a most important aspect of human existence, and it may help them to focus and clarify their own thinking on these matters.

Courses in Religious Studies are divided into three streams:

  1.  Eastern Traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions),
  2.  Western Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), and
  3.  Religion and Culture.

Introductory courses (at 1000 and 2000 level) lay the foundation for focused study of particular traditions and for courses that explore how religion relates to themes in the wider culture – such as in the arts, gender issues, and ethics (at 3000 and 4000 level).