Historically, religion has had a tremendous impact on the configuration and exercise of political power, gender, labor, war, sexual relationships, and other issues.
It has shaped the institutional order and the individuals who dwell therein.
The religious studies program provides awareness of the textual, historical, philosophical, and theological foundations of major world religious traditions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Islam, and Daoism. Course offerings reflect a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to religious forms of life, past and present, with an eye for the cultivation of informed, thoughtful engagement in an increasingly global public square.
Majoring in religious studies sharpens critical thinking, written and oral expression, and intercultural competence.
To study world religions is to acquire fluency in a diverse range of worldviews that profoundly shape the values and behaviors of men and women in a pluralistic public square. Such fluency is integral to achieving the “life more abundant” which Randolph College commends.