Religious Traditions I

  • A Saint Mary’s student articulates an informed, broad understanding of the nature and complexities of religion and how religion interacts with other aspects of culture.
  • A Saint Mary’s student describes key elements in a religion (such as sacred texts, ritual, spirituality and prayer, religious language, moral code, view of human destiny or afterlife, explanation of human and natural evil, perspectives on gender), applies her understanding of these elements to specific religious traditions, and articulates commonalities and differences among religious perspectives.
  • A Saint Mary’s student engages perspectives that are new to her, both empathetically and critically, and engages in informed, civil, and open discourse about religious differences.
  • A Saint Mary’s student evaluates the meaning of religious claims made by others and, in response to those claims, reflects critically on her own religious perspectives.

NOTE:  The Sophia Program represents a dynamic curriculum with regular changes and new courses certified for particular learning outcomes.  The following lists of Sophia Program course certifications are accurate at the time of publication.  Not all sections of all courses have been certified for the Sophia Program.  The class schedule search feature in PRISM, as well as the current schedule pdf, provides section-level certification details.

 Achieve Religious Traditions I Learning Outcomes through the following:

 RLST 101 Introducing Religious Studies  3 hours