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Religious Studies

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Religious Studies

Blue circle with the symbols of Judaism, Christianity and IslamReligion has played a major role in our world over the course of human history. Whether on a personal, international, or political level, 85 percent of the world’s population identify with a religion. It has had an immense impact on our world in recent times and if we are to continue on an international path, students must have a basic understanding of the world’s major religions and their influences. Students must be able to hold inter-religious dialogues and coexist with individuals who hold different beliefs. Courses in Religious Studies provide students with two distinct perspectives on religion. The first considers the Bible from a scholarly viewpoint, instead of a theological one, taking into consideration the ways in which the Bible influences other aspects of life and how to discuss its influence with other religions. The second introduces students to the rich historical roots and traditions of Rosemont College in the Catholic faith. Religions have emphasized their differences for much of time, but because students take courses in Religious Studies they learn to recognize similarities, learn from one another, and improve their own worldview.