Program Outcomes

We offer introductory and advanced undergraduate courses that enable you, at various levels of competency, to accomplish the following goals:

1     Engage theology and religious studies as academic disciplines each with their own methods of analyzing religious phenomena.

1.1     Construct and evaluate a theological argument, i.e., a critical and mutual correlation between an interpretation of the Christian tradition and contemporary human experience.

1.2     Analyze religious phenomena using the conceptual tools provided by the humanities and the social sciences.

1.3     Interpret biblical texts using current exegetical methods.

1.4     Think systematically about moral and ethical questions.

1.5     Trace continuity and changes in Christian belief and practice from biblical roots, through historical developments, to contemporary forms of expression.

1.6     Participate in what Augustine (Confessions 1.1) calls the restless search for wisdom.

2     Analyze the central beliefs and practices of the Christian tradition with a particular emphasis on Roman Catholicism.

2.1     Describe central characteristics of the Christian understanding of human existence, the world and God.

2.2     Recognize the complexities and pluralism of Christian beliefs and practices.

2.3     Explain the origins of Christianity within Judaism.

2.4     Demonstrate acquaintance with biblical texts and other classics of the Christian theological tradition.

2.5     Discuss contemporary theological arguments and their significance for Christian living in the modern age.

2.6     Recognize Christian theology as a living, ongoing tradition that continues to be refined, developed, and extended as it engages the contemporary world.

2.7     Discern the relevance of Christian theology for one's own life and values.

3     Analyze the phenomenon of religion as it operates in human history as well as in contemporary culture.

3.1     Specify the various components and functions of religion, including doctrine, myth, ritual, mysticism, and legitimation.

3.2     Compare and contrast Christian beliefs and practices with non-Christian religions.

3.3     Analyze the influences of culture and society on the development of religious beliefs and practices.

3.4     Analyze and evaluate the role of religion in the development of societies and cultures.

3.5     Seek to understand those whose values and senses of the sacred differ from one's own.

3.6     Appreciate the contributions of Christianity to the development of Western culture.

3.7     Recognize the complexity and diversity of religious beliefs and practices in pluralistic societies.

4     Evaluate the significance of religion for personal and collective ecological, political, economic, social, and cultural life.

4.1     Analyze conditions that enhance or limit human life and dignity and the life of the planet.

4.2     Examine Christian ethical traditions.

4.3     Evaluate the impact of individual and collective actions on the common good.

4.4     Clarify and articulate moral convictions.

4.5     Deliberate and form judgments about the implications of moral principles for building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

4.6     Deliberate and form judgments about theological and ethical issues that are part of everyday life.

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"In fact, if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."

John Kerry, Secretary of State. Remarks at the Launch of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. Full text. Video available with closed captioning on YouTube