Religion shapes individuals, societies, and history. We strive to understand its effects on a globalized world. Our non-sectarian, multi-disciplinary curriculum examines many traditions: Judaic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Native American, and more.
Do you have a favorite moment in a Religious Studies course here at Gettysburg?
My favorite moment in a Religious Studies course at Gettysburg has to be going to the Farm of Peace for my Islam in America class. Being there in that community allowed me to understand more fully the concepts and practices that we were studying in class. Additionally, it was such a great opportunity to really reflect upon my own beliefs and strengthen my friendships with everyone in my class, as well as establish new ones!
I am the Senior Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University and help oversee international recruitment and strategy for the JHU admissions office. I am currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts program at JHU. My experience as a Religious Studies major at Gettysburg provided me with so many valuable skills that I use constantly! First of all, it trained me to approach my work through such a global perspective. I honestly don’t know if I would be overseeing international recruitment now without such exposure through the Religious Studies department. I also truly learned how to communicate, both orally and through the written word. I am constantly presenting in front of large groups of people, and I felt very prepared with this aspect of my job thanks to my background at Gettysburg College. Finally, my major provided me with critical thinking skills that I use professionally, but also in everyday life. I will be forever grateful for my Religious Studies experience at Gettysburg.