The study of religion introduces students to the major religious traditions of the world and their impact on human culture. Courses focus on both the methodologies of religious studies and the literature and practices of diverse religious communities. In addition to their specific content, these courses develop an appreciation for the religious point of view and prepare one to live in a religiously pluralistic society. Most courses take an historical approach to the human religious experience, and all employ the critical skills of analysis common to contemporary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Graduates of the department have gone into many different career fields as well as into advanced or professional study of religion.