At Beloit College, religion is studied primarily in the context of the Critical Identity Studies Department. The Religious Studies major and minor are no longer available to entering students as of Fall 2021.
Rather than isolating the study of religion as though it were discrete from other aspects of human experience, we examine lifeways—religious and non-religious—as they intersect with normative and non-normative identities based on races, genders, sexualities, dis/abilities, nations, etc.).
We engage with elements of religious and secular thought and practice not so much as separate “belief systems,” but rather as critical and constructive resources for both questioning the things we take for granted about the world and offering different possibilities.