Program Goals with Aligned Program Learning Outcomes

Since 1998, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies has had in place goal statements and assessment strategies for both our major and our Core courses.

The major in Theology and Religious Studies is designed to achieve the following goals and aligned learning outcomes:

Goal 1

Students will learn the basic terms and definitions of theology and religious studies and be able to explain, analyze and evaluate fundamental issues that frame theological and religious inquiry.  

Program Learning Outcome 1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the categories, technical vocabulary (e.g., terms, definitions, concepts, distinctions), well-known examples, historical data, etc. essential to the relevant subject matter.

Goal 2

Students will gain an understanding of methodologies and research techniques standard in theology and religious studies.

Program Learning Outcome 2

Students will explain fundamental issues framing the academic study of religion. 

Goal 3

Students will acquire effective communication skills in theology and religious studies.

Program Learning Outcome 3

Students will construct well-formed written arguments.