The mission of the college is “to offer, with recognized excellence, academic programs in the liberal arts... in the context of the historic Christian faith.” The general education requirement in religion is related to the mission of the college in two ways.
First, religion is one of the liberal arts central to questions of human identity; therefore, an academic program in religion takes its place among the other academic programs in the liberal arts.
Second, the general education requirement in religion provides students with a college-level understanding of “the historic Christian faith,” the context for education at Hope College.
Associated Student Learning Outcomes
The following learning outcomes will be introduced:
REL 100 Courses
7. Explain their own values, commitments, and convictions.
REL 200-Level Courses
1. Examine fundamental or emerging questions about humanity, the natural world, or God by seeking answers through different modes of inquiry.
5. Analyze evidence or data to solve problems, reach informed conclusions or make sound judgements.
Christian Tenets Requirement
All students will be required to take one course with a Christian Tenets attribute, which fulfills the objectives of SLO 6: Understand key tenets of the historic Christian faith. This could be in a REL 100 or REL 200 course
Courses (6 Credits)
Two courses totaling six credits are necessary to satisfy this requirement. With Student Learning Objective 6, “Understand key tenets of the historic Christian faith,” every student will take a course in the Department of Religion that aligns directly with this part of the mission of Hope College. Students will be required to take a Religion 100 or 200 level class marked with a “Christian Tenet” attribute.
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