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.