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Mission:

The Religious Studies major at Westmont College offers the coursework, conversations, and experiences students need to gain competence in the study, understanding, and articulation of the Christian tradition in lively conversation with other traditions.

To that end, the Religious Studies major guides students:

  • toward biblical literacy and growing skill in biblical interpretation enriched by interdisciplinary approaches and appropriately critical engagement with the history of interpretation;
  • toward theological literacy and sound theological judgment marked by the ability to articulate clear and relevant theological convictions;
  • toward familiarity with forms of Christianity worldwide with attention to historical and local identities of the Church in their social and cultural contexts; and
  • toward strong faith in Jesus Christ and orthodox theology marked by a thoughtful and sustained commitment to the life of the Christian community and the disciplines and virtues that life requires.