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Philosophy and Religious Studies
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies focuses on two areas of study. Its major in Philosophy seeks to examine human experience and reality through critical reflection and argument, developing skills in critical analysis and knowledge of ethics and philosophy. The major in Religious Studies seeks to investigate and reflect upon world religions in an objective, critical, and appreciative manner, providing students with knowledge of religion’s nature and its roles in social and individual life.
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As has been the case from the dawn of writing, U.S. Latino/a authors often express religious themes and attitudes in their literature. Although some scholars begin the history of U.S. Latino/a literature with the arrival of the Spaniards, we draw some very clear boundaries as follows: 1848 for Mexican American literature; 1898 for Puerto Rican literature; 1959 for Cuban American literature; and later for other groups. Overall, U.S. Latino/ a literature reflects a triadic interaction among indigenous, Christian, and African religious traditions. The Christian tradition has been predominantly Catholic, with Protestant writers becoming a more recent phenomenon.

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Hispanic American Religious Cultures by Miguel A De La Torre, Editor. Copyright© 2009 by ABC-CLIO, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA.

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