|Department of Religious Studies|
The study of religion offers a deep and fascinating exploration into humanity's search for meaning. Even in this secular age all individuals are sooner or later faced with similar questions about their existence. Does life have meaning? Is there an answer to suffering? What is good? Humanity's attempts to address these questions have left a deep mark on human history and civilization. Even today it is nearly impossible to understand human desires and cultures without reference to the religious traditions that influenced them. Through the study of religion students acquire a deeper understanding of ideas, beliefs and concerns that have influenced and continue to influence human existence.
The cultivation of religious diversity and honest academic inquiry is a hallmark of the Department of Religious Studies. The Department is dedicated to fostering an environment that furthers religious understanding between East and West. Students from all religious persuasions (or no religious persuasion) are encouraged to enroll and to bring their own unique and enriching perspective to the study of religion. Departmental members include Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Taoists. Both inside and outside the classroom, students receive the opportunity to learn from and interact with people from numerous religious traditions.