Mission and Goals


The Religious Studies Department describes, analyzes, and interprets developments, worldviews, and practices of religions in an academic manner. Through research and teaching, we seek to enhance understanding of the ways religion as a global phenomenon impacts different spheres of life. We equip students with the knowledge to become active and engaged citizens working in a variety of careers.


  1. Offer classes that explore world's religions in an inclusive environment with a global perspective using relevant High Impact Practices (HIPs);
  2. Provide supportive environment for timely graduation through accessible class offerings and effective advisement;
  3. Recruit and support high quality and diverse faculty whose research and teaching contribute to an understanding of variety of religious thought, experiences, and impact on contemporary society;
  4. Pursue resources to facilitate effective and continuous support for our students, faculty, and department activities.