Goals for the Major
In response to IWU curricular planning and assessment and our own curricular changes,
the faculty of the Religion Department regularly discuss the structure and content
of our undergraduate major. We have agreed that the requirements of the major should
reflect the best practices of our fields—in history of religions, biblical and textual
studies, and philosophy of religion—and provide the best possible breadth and depth
in religious studies.
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the culture and history of at least
two religious traditions, as well as an awareness of the most significant themes in
comparative religious studies
Students will be able to demonstrate a high degree of fluency with the critical methods
used in studying religion.
Research and Critical Thinking Skills
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform in-depth research in a
selected topic in Religion and to think critically about the data collected.
Conceptual Understanding and Empathy
Students will understand the concept of “religion” and the difficulty in its definition
and study. In addition, students will understand and empathize with diverse world
For more information, please contact the Religion Department chair,Robert Erlewine