"The Religion Department provided me with a wonderful staff of professors who challenged me academically, but in a thoughtful, present and encouraging way. Members of the department took time out of their schedules to take me aside, get to know me, and speak with me. They were real guiding lights in helping me sort out not only my immediate academic work, but also what possibilities would open for me after graduation."-- Axel Kaegler '08, Student, Master of Divinity degree program, Princeton [NJ] Theological Seminary.
The Value of Studying Religion
The study of religion provides all the benefits of any other liberal arts humanities major, and the Religion Department offers a diverse curriculum. Faculty members specialize in different geographic regions, time periods, and methodologies, and we bring the breadth of our global experience into the classroom. We can acquaint you with the cultures of the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
In this increasingly globalized world, we work with people from many different cultures in our careers, and it is imperative that we be able to communicate with one another. Religion courses implicitly train students to re-evaluate their own most deeply held values and beliefs. They encourage critical thinking--that is, objective, informed, and balanced insight and analysis--which can facilitate open-mindedness and communication.
Recent graduates have entered many different career paths: some pursue graduate studies in religion or enter seminary, but far more go in other directions. Some go to medical school or law school. Others enter business or education, and some work for American or international nonprofit organizations. The following show the diverse career paths that previous religious studies majors have followed and the value of an undergraduate major in religious studies at Gettysburg College.