Religion is a central part of all cultures. From an academic perspective the study of religion offers powerful insights into human behavior and cultures. Religious beliefs influence values and action. Religious differences may be used for political purposes. Many students have grown up with religious beliefs that sometimes sustain, and sometimes restrain development.
Teachers of the religious studies courses believe the study of religion can strengthen both thinking abilities and personal beliefs. These courses present a diversity of traditions and offer students an opportunity to study religion in a supportive academic atmosphere.
The courses incorporate multicultural perspectives, especially issues of race, gender, class, sexuality, disabilities, and other differences.
Study within the field of religious studies develops skills such as:
- Critical thinking
- Literary and Textual Analysis
- Community Engagement
A religious studies minor is also an excellent complement for liberal arts students who are majoring in:
- Ethnic Studies
A minor in religious studies is particularly appropriate for students in professional programs such as:
- Social Work
- Law Enforcement
- Urban Education
- International Business
- Human Services
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