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In the Fall Semester of 2013, at Loyola University Chicago (LUC), a total of 140 students enrolled in select sections of either Theo 295: Introduction to Islam or Theo 297: Introduction to Buddhism. These students, seeking to fulfill core theology requirements through religious studies courses, were surveyed before and after the semester in an attempt to measure attitudes, and potential changes in attitude, about religion and the study of religion – and how these may connect to the context of Jesuit education. This paper attempts to uncover the relationship between the Jesuit theological underpinnings referenced in the mission statement and the revealed student perspectives of those that enroll in religious studies courses. The instructor under study and author of this work is the same person.



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