Learning Outcomes

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1 Explore the “big questions” of life.

  • Summarize at least two alternative theories or narratives of the scared or the divine
  • Explain at least two theories of evil, suffering, or sin
  • Express human purpose or meaning through the lens of at least one tradition

Goal #2 Understand the basic phenomenology of religion.

  • Identify foundational stories, myths, & language of at least one tradition
  • Identify ritual dimensions of religious traditions in sacred texts or practice
  • Explain how religion functions to establish personal & group identity

Goal #3 Understand religious traditions from a variety of perspectives.

  • Respectfully represent foundational religious narratives & practices of a tradition other than the student’s own
  • Compare differing ethical traditions (within or among religious & cultural groups)
  • Articulate how race, class, gender, sex or orientation informs religious text, theme or issue

Goal #4 Ethically aware and socially responsible in their personal & professional lives.

  • Participate in & reflect upon their own & others’ learning
  • Engage others in conversation & practice
  • Identify the social value of claims made
  • Show familiarity with sources of moral authority & guidance

Goal #5 Develop critical thinking skills.

  • Present a paper or report (orally& in writing) with clarity & coherence in accord with academic standards
  • Read and analyze religious & scholarly texts &/or practices
  • Identify religious or theological assumptions in texts (narrative, discursive) &/or practices
  • Articulate practical applications of one’s learning

Religious Studies

For More Information

Fr. William Graf
Department Chair
(585) 385-8251

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