The study of religion is the investigation of the universal human quest for a meaningful existence and experience of transcendence. This involves an examination of the beliefs and practices of the various religions of the world, the individual spiritual journey and the role of religion in society and culture.

Philosophy is the practice of critical reflection and creative speculation on the given. As such it aims to give a reasoned conception of the universe and the place of human life in it, and to define the ideals which call for recognition in the moral, social, aesthetic and religious realms.