As a professional association, the AAR includes among its primary responsibilities collecting and analyzing data about the field; monitoring trends in the profession that affect individuals and departments; and keeping members apprised of such developments. In addition to surveys and data collecting, the AAR, through the work of the Academic Relations Committee, offers consulting and reviewing services to religion and theology departments.
AAR to Conduct Survey to Analyze Long-Term Impact of the Religious Studies Major
The AAR requests insitutions with an undergraduate major in religious studies support a survey of their former majors that will help determine the impact of the religious studies major. Institutions can participate in the survey by providing a list of graduates with current e-mail addresses along with a letter from an institional figure (department chair or otherwise) that will accompany the survey when it is sent to former students. Participating institutions will receive a report of their institution's results as well as national data. Grants are available to help instiutions that need resources to conduct the survey. The project is supported by the Teagle Foundation and administered by an IRB protocol by Georgia State University. To learn more, please see here.
The Religion Majors website, created with generous support of the Teagle Foundation, profiles departments' undergraduate major in religion. It's a place where faculty seeking to conceive or reconceive their major can explore how colleagues on other campuses describe and structure their programs.