Social & Religious Studies Department
The Religious Studies branch of the Humanities Department introduces students to the study of comparative religion and sacred texts from historical, social-scientific, philosophical, and literary perspectives. Students are taught methods for approaching these fields of study in an academic context while remaining sensitive to the convictions and practices of living communities. Our aim is to develop religious and biblical literacy so that students are prepared to respectfully engage their neighbors, colleagues, and others who are part of our diverse and pluralistic society.
Religious Studies Philosophy
Our Episcopal identity remains at the center of our pedagogy. Our chapel program provides a place for students to connect with and explore their spirituality through the lens of Episcopal liturgy and theology. Our classes are designed to present, as objectively as possible, the beliefs and practices of various religious communities because of the emphasis on hospitality and truth-telling that arise from Episcopal philosophies and theologies of education. These settings are mutually supportive.