Traditionally, questions about the ultimate meaning of human existence have been posed in the form of religion. Today we live in a world in which religion and religious ideas are often in serious conflict; it is thus also important to understand some of the problems connected to religion. Courses included in the religious studies curriculum are designed to help students understand what these questions are, what kind of answers people have found to them, and how societies have given institutional form to the world-views which emerge from the answers. A student who elects this curriculum should develop an awareness of the broad range of religious phenomena and an ability to analyze and elucidate the significance of such phenomena.
All Religious Studies students must complete the following: