Religion is a central source of meaning, purpose, and creativity in human cultures, while also a source of conflict and controversy. Through Salem’s religion program, students explore specific religious traditions past and present and how they inform history, politics, science, literature and art.  Drawing on diverse theories and methods, students cultivate skills of critical inquiry and close textual interpretation.  The department encourages students to become well-informed, globally aware, and tolerant thinkers, adept at research, analysis, writing, and speaking. Such skills are in high demand by employers, as well as by graduate and professional schools.