Marc Sorresso was a Religion major who graduated in 2005. He entered the prestigious Teach for America program for two years. He did so well in that program that he worked as a recruiter for Teach for America for a time. Currently he is a sixth grade teacher in a private school in northern New Jersey.
Brent Hege graduated from Gettysburg College as a Religion major in 1998. He then attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, from which he graduated in 2001 with an M.A. degree in Religion. He then went to Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA, and graduated with a Ph.D. in Theology in 2007. Brent taught for a year at Union in Richmond, and he currently teaches Religion courses in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Butler University in Indiana. In 2008 Brent published, Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience: The Theology of Georg Wobbermin with Wipf & Stock Publishers. Here is what Brent has to say about the value of his major in Religion:
Because I made theology and religious studies my career, I use what I learned in my religion major every day. As a seminarian and graduate student I found that my religion major at Gettysburg gave me a strong foundation for further studies and introduced me to ideas and figures that would become part of my daily life. But majoring in religion did more than simply prepare me for being a professor of theology and religion. It gave me more basic tools for living and leading as a liberally educated person in the world, tools such as critical thinking, respect and tolerance of different viewpoints and ways of understanding, appreciation of diversity, an emphasis on creativity and passion, and a joy for learning and experiencing new and different ideas, cultures and traditions. These are tools that do not require advanced academic degrees to be used properly; they are the tools that are used for living lives of purpose and of service, which is the goal of any liberally educated person. Yes, my religion major did prepare me well for graduate study in theology and religion. But more importantly, it prepared me to be a more informed, more sympathetic, and more responsible citizen of the world.”