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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Religious Studies (BA)


The goals of the Department of Religious Studies are framed by the broader mission of the University as articulated in “The UNCG Vision and Mission Statement” (October 2012). We expand on the university’s mission by fostering a learner-centered community which creates intellectual inquiry preparing students for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship by offering classes on campus, off campus, and online. By collaborating with students in our research, we create a source of innovation and leadership for the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina and beyond. Religious Studies also integrates intercultural and international experiences into our learning and research, helping to create UNCG’s vision of a global university.
The Department of Religious Studies develops and delivers programs of study for majors and minors that provide students with a solid foundation in Religious Studies as a discipline in the liberal arts. In the case of majors, this training prepares students with sufficient talent and inclination to advance to graduate study in the field and in cognate fields. We put into operation the following:

  1. Provides a solid foundation in Religious Studies as a discipline in the liberal arts for all university students in support of the General Education Curriculum (GEC).
  2. Provides exemplary learning environments in order to cultivate in our students the ability to analyze data both critically and appreciatively, to express ideas clearly and effectively in speech and in writing, and to develop intellectual curiosity, attitudes of toleration, communities of inquiry, and understanding in the best tradition of the liberal arts.
  3. Supports key interdisciplinary, University, and College programs including Honors, Freshman Seminars, Writing Across the Curriculum, Residential College, Grogan College, Women's and Gender Studies, African American Studies, International Studies, and the Graduate School.
  4. Promotes faculty development in research and publication.
  5. Offers service to the College, University, Community, and Profession.

Learning Outcomes

Students critically apply major theories of religion to specific religious traditions.

Knowledge of Two Themes
Students analyze two major themes within their historical context and cross-culturally.

Writing and Speaking
Students express ideas clearly, effectively, and critically in speech and writing.

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