The goal of the Religious Studies opportunity at St. Andrews is for students to acquire awareness and critical understanding of the formative religious traditions of people in a variety of cultures. Students will become appreciatively critical of their own religious traditions and engage in a process of formulating their own mature questions and beliefs. Classes in religious studies seek to develop a broad understanding of the historical and contemporary impact of religion as a phenomenon of human cultures. Disciplines and methodologies covered in this field include biblical interpretation, historical inquiry, and ethical and theological reflection.
Using seminar style courses, informed opinions are shared freely among the students and professors. Ideas are challenged on a variety of levels to allow for the free flow of dialogue.