Religious Studies at OSU is an inter-disciplinary field that combines history, philosophy, anthropology, ethics, textual analysis, art, literature and film to examine the ways that humans have described and acted in response to that which they have called divine, both in civilizations long past and among peoples and nations around the world in the present moment. A major in Religious Studies will expose you to some of the most profound and beautiful creations of the human imagination, give you expertise in critical reasoning and close engagement with texts and ideas, give you skills to navigate the cultural complexity of our diverse society, and prepare you to be a participatory citizen of our interconnected global environment.
Four Year Degree Plan
Religious Studies Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes
1. Critical Thinking Skills: Acquire and further develop core humanities skills of critical thinking, textual analysis, expository and persuasive writing, and organized research, that displays academic knowledge of religious studies.
2. Citizenship Skills: Articulate the roles of religiosity in a secular democratic society and cultivate characteristics of engaged citizenship.
3. Global Literacy Skills: Demonstrate sufficient familiarity with three classical world religions, including knowledge of at least one religious cultural tradition outside of European/American culture.
4. Methodological Skills: Utilize various disciplinary approaches – historical, literary, philosophical, religious, ethical – to articulate the concept and meaning of “religion” and the nature of its academic study.
5. Problem-Solving Skills: Apply scholarly methods to understand how religious communities address concrete issues such as environment, gender, violence, and secularity.