The Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University fosters and facilitates an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of religion. Due to its influential role in local, national, and international contexts, religion requires careful study utilizing academic methods employed in the examination of other social institutions. This includes the study of the history, theology, literature, folklore, etc. of various religions in an effort to study religion as a cultural phenomenon. The program is intended to serve our students and community by deepening our understanding of religious beliefs and practices in a spirit of open inquiry. Its aim is to create an environment in which a variety issues can be engaged from a variety of perspectives and methodologies. A religious studies minor will complement a variety of majors and contribute to a well-rounded educational experience by exposing students to multiple disciplines.