At Booth University College the study of religion involves the careful examination of religious beliefs, texts, languages, practices and institutions. We consider the history, phenomenology, structures and complex interconnectedness of religion. While Christian texts, theology, history and traditions are the primary focus of study, many world religions are examined as well. In the Religion program, learning takes place within an intentionally Christian academic context that fosters awareness of and respect for the beliefs and practices of other sacred traditions. Students taking religion courses at Booth learn about belief in its historical, social, literary and rhetorical contexts, investigate the role and function of religion in societies, and reflect upon the significance of faith in personal life.
Why study Religion?
Life is shaped by what people believe. Studying religion exposes us to deep questions about life and its meaning. Who is God? Who is Jesus of Nazareth? What do people believe and what do they practice in the religions of the world? How should people live faithfully and responsibly? Studying religion equips us to ask, think about and answer such questions in consistent and coherent ways. The Religion program nurtures the following intellectual abilities and skills:
- Critical analysis and interpretation of religious beliefs, practices, texts, and communities within their cultural, historical and intellectual contexts
- A deeper and wider knowledge of the influence and significance of religion and faith in human life around the globe
- The ability to explore a topic, work with a broad range of sources, arrive at a conclusion supported by evidence, and articulate such findings in oral and written presentations
- Recognition of the value of these skills and abilities for personal faith, growth and for responsible participation in society
What can I do when I graduate?
The Religion program equips students to:
- think critically, communicate clearly and effectively, and interact well with others in a variety of social and occupational settings
- pursue graduate studies with a view to teaching and scholarship
- enter professional programs leading to the Christian ministry and related vocations