Mathews, Mary Beth
Department Chair or Program Director
Bachelor of Arts
Major or Concentration
Department or Program
Political Science and International Affairs
Religious literacy is defined as a basic level of knowledge and understanding of major world religions and beliefs. Most of the literature on the subject agrees that students benefit from exposure to other religions, both civically and mentally. The Religious Freedom Institute of the Newseum has created a curriculum in order to bring nonpartisan religious education back into public schools with the goal of increasing tolerance for communities of different faiths. The curriculum, titled the Georgia 3Rs project, is being piloted in Georgia, a predominantly Christian evangelical state. In my thesis, I study the effectiveness of prior examples of religious literacy courses and offer suggestions on how to present current and future programs to better gain public support and approval.
LeMay, Natalie, "The Implementation of Religious Literacy Curricula in American Public Schools" (2018). Student Research Submissions. 251.