Religion (REL)

The Religion Department offers a BA degree and a minor in Religion.

Educational Goal

Students of religion (majors and minors) at Wake Forest gain tools to understand and engage critically the phenomenon of religion and its role in human life and culture.

Learning Outcomes for Majors and Minors

  1. To read critically the literature (primary and secondary) in religious studies.
  2. To conduct research, write papers, and complete projects in religious studies in an organized, clear, and persuasive manner that demonstrates academic knowledge of the subject.
  3. To recount the history, beliefs, and practices of at least two religious traditions and analyze their function in society.
  4. To describe and utilize multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religion.
  5. To gain religious literacy–the ability to identify and articulate the formative role of religion in various contexts.
 Objectives & Outcomes Implementation Strategy Assessment Measures Administration Time
Academic Skills in the Study of Religion–Critical Reading: To read critically the literature (primary and secondary) in religious studies.–Persuasive Writing: To conduct research, write papers, and complete projects in religious studies in an organized, clear, and persuasive manner that demonstrates academic knowledge of the subject. –Upper-level Religion courses require reading of primary and secondary sources–Upper-level Religion courses require successful completion of research papers and/or projects. –Successful completion of  requirements in most Religion courses–Senior Exit Interview –Throughout Major–Last semester senior year
Knowledge of Specific Religions–To recount the history, beliefs, and practices of at least two religious traditions and identify their function in society.–Knowledge of specific religious traditions and their diversity, ways they change over time and within sociopolitical contexts–To demonstrate familiarity with more than one religious tradition and the ability to think about the category of “religion” comparatively. Required coursework in more than one religious tradition. Structure of the major and minor requires breadth. –Successful completion of requirements in most Religion courses–Senior Exit Interview –Throughout major–Last semester senior year
Methodological Variety in the Study of Religion:–To describe and utilize various multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religion.–To distinguish analytical, descriptive, and normative approaches to the study of religion. Religion 200 required for major; methodology also addressed in other classes. –Successful completion of  REL 200–Senior Exit Interview –Throughout Major–Last semester senior year
Religious Literacy:–To identify and articulate the formative role of religion in various contexts.–To understand and appreciate the variety and diversity of religious expression—the ways different peoples understand themselves, their communities, and the universe. –Structure of major and wide array of courses ensures religious literacy and engagement with diverse perspectives. –Successful completion of Religion major/minor.–Senior Exit Interview –Throughout Major–Last semester senior year

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Moving forward: 

Assessment development for Spring 2012:  Senior Major/Minor Exit Interview

Assessment development for Fall 2012: Major/Minor Entry Interview, Revision of Exit Interview

Assessment development for Spring 2013: Alumni Survey