Religious studies can be viewed much like learning a language. Religion is expressed through the languages of myth, ritual, and symbol.
The study of religion at Marlboro College is viewed as an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor. While a text-based study of the Bible, for example, might utilize tools of literary and historical criticism, the study of religious rites and ritual will greatly benefit from theories of performance generated in the dramatic arts. The investigation of religious worldviews as coherent systems would benefit from a background in logic and mathematics, while courses in sociology will enable the student to understand the role religious ideas play in ordering and structuring societies.