The study of religion invites students to think deeply and analytically about the belief systems, practices, and sacred texts of varied religious traditions. Students develop critical and analytical skills that prepare them for careers in varied settings as they explore how religious traditions are embedded in particular places, cultures, and histories.

Philosophy is the practice of critical reflection and creative speculation on the given. Philosophy and its subfield of ethics cultivate skills such as general problem solving, logical and critical thinking, and facility in both written and oral communication.