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Philosophy & Religious Studies

Contact Information

David Simmons

Department Chair


David Reinhart

Master Advisor & Liberal Studies Coorindator




Religious Studies Program


Religious Studies challenges students to explore ideas relating to the world's major religious traditions. Research can focus on the intellectual, historical, cultural, and personal dimensions of religion in human life. Knowledge in this field will help students understand historic and current cultural, political, and theological issues from a global perspective, and this knowledge is valuable in any career where contact with diverse populations occurs. The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies offers a minor in Religious Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the time they graduate, students in the World Religions minor will have a basic understanding of the world's major religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical origins, key dates, philosophies, practices, ethics, symbols and major thinkers in these traditions.
  2. Summarize the fundamental teachings of these traditions
  3. Critically appraise the relationship between religious traditions and their social and cultural contexts
  4. Recognize the diversity of philosophies and practices within the major religious traditions
  5. Analyze religious writings, symbols, and practices using recognized scholarly and hermeneutical principles
  6. Recognize presuppositions underlying different ethical systems and worldviews, including students' own

-adopted by the Program in Fall 2014

Student Organization

Religious Studies Student Organization (RSSO) is coordinated by students under faculty guidance. It sponsors a variety of academic and social activities throughout the academic year. More information is coming soon!

For More Information

For more information about the religious studies program, please contact Dr. David Simmons.


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