Learning Outcomes | Comparative Religion

After Pacific | Students who complete a minor in comparative religions are thoughtful and active citizens. They gain a broad understanding and appreciation of spiritual perspectives, both individually and collectively. They learn to see connections with people and the values of many faiths, and they come to see the interconnections between personal spirituality and global communities. Their experiences and insights are useful for careers in ministry, counseling and social service agencies. Our graduates are ministers, social services workers, and employees in hospice centers, correctional facilities and military bases.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Will demonstrate an understanding of the beliefs, rituals, texts and figures related to a variety of religious traditions.
  • Will demonstrate understanding of the basic teachings and practices of major religious traditions and will be able to compare and contrast principle similarities and differences between them.
  • Will demonstrate understanding of how religion informs and is informed by other dimensions of human experience and knowledge, such as gender, race, politics.
  • Will demonstrate understanding of how religions are used to both support and critique social structures and institutions.
  • Will demonstrate an ability to read, analyze and interpret materials  and texts related to the study of the world’s religions.
     

Program Purpose

The Comparative Religion minor provides for the non-sectarian study of religious traditions and beliefs. By studying a variety of religions, students gain a broad understanding and appreciation of spiritual perspectives, both individually and collectively. Students studying comparative religion learn to see connections with people and the values of many faiths as well as the connections between personal spirituality and global communities. The insights of a comparative religion minor are particularly useful for careers in ministry, counseling and social service agencies.