Religious Studies at Hendrix encourages students to:
- Think analytically about religion by engaging texts, practices, ideas, and other significant cultural resources from multiple disciplinary and interpretive prespectives.
- Develop capacities and transferable skills in perceptive reading, critical, and constructive thinking, oral communication, effective writing, and the ability to work with others.
- Cultivate reflective understanding of subjects related to religion that helps a student recognize similarities to and differences from his or her own perspective, thus growing in religious literacy, self-awareness and empathy for others as part of a broader human community.
For majors in Religious Studies, the curriculum also aims to:
- Facilitate focused study concentrated on a coherent area, topic or method of study of special interest or distinctive concern.
- Broaden awareness of religious diversity through engagement with multiple traditions and topics across varied cultural and historical contexts.
- Promote engaged learning that applies and evaluates academic subject matter in light of first-hand experience with individuals and communities.
- Enhance student learning through a substantive senior project that involves integration and creative synthesis reflective of prior study and in preparation for personal life and professional careers after college.