School of Liberal Arts
Religion is basic to the human experience. For thousands of years, people have turned to religious traditions for answers to life’s most important questions. Yet only with the birth of modern research universities did scholars begin to study religion from an objective, nonsectarian perspective. The field of religious studies is dedicated to understanding the dimensions and patterns of religions across cultures and historical contexts. Students learn how religions shape individuals’ views of the world, create and sustain the communities in which we live, and interact with politics, economics, literature and the arts, and other structures of society.