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 was viewed as an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor. While a text-based study of the Bible, for example, could utilize tools of literary and historical criticism, the study of religious rites and ritual would 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 would enable the student to understand the role that religious ideas play in ordering and structuring societies.