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Why major in Religious Studies?
To major in religious studies is to engage liberal education at its best. Liberal education frees a learner from the tyranny of his or her own experiences and necessarily limited perspectives.
Religion is a key ingredient in many of the puzzles we must solve if we are to
understand our contemporary world. College students trying to negotiate the
world in which we live could do no better than to broaden their knowledge of
the world's religious traditions. If we are willing to grapple with them on the
basis of a generous, disciplined study, we come away with a depth of
historical, political and social understanding few are able to match.
Most importantly, the study of religion invites us into a lifelong conversation with the great minds of the past and present. Together we spend our time, that most precious of commodities, pondering questions of what it means to be human, of what constitutes human flourishing. Figuratively, we ring the changes on what the 3rd-century Christian philosopher, Clement of Alexandria, called the queries of the true gnostic: “Who we were, what we have become, where we were, where we were placed, whither we hasten, from what we are set free, what birth is, what rebirth?”
People who major in religious studies manage to find all sorts of jobs to support themselves – as our graduates certainly attest. A job notwithstanding, most find as well a vocation, a calling, as noble and ennobling as any one might pursue.
Won't you join us?