As a major or minor, you will have many ways to expand your understanding of religious studies, on and off the campus.
You may choose to serve on our very active student advisory board. In recent years, it has organized a series of lunches with the faculty and has invited its own speakers to campus. Off campus, our majors pursue internships with groups such as the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and accompany our professors on trips to destinations such as Israel.
Consider these experiences:
Religious studies in Rome and at home
Kate Deconinck '08, a religious studies and English double major, relates: "Coming to Connecticut College, I had not thought of majoring in religious studies. I associated religion classes with frumpy old men who preached about damnation and sin. But to fulfill a requirement, I took 'Religion and Terrorism.' I soon realized that religious studies were not only interesting but also extremely relevant in the modern world. I have yet to take a religious studies course that I disliked. 'Religion and the Discontents of Modernity' taught me to think about religion in more philosophical terms. I spent a semester doing an independent study on religion and the media with my adviser. In fall of 2006, I studied abroad in Rome. We were housed right next to the Vatican, and my courses included 'Eastern Christianity' and 'Children of Abraham.' Last summer, I did a College-funded internship at the Pluralism Project, a non-profit organization that works to map the religious diversity of the United States. I am now applying to graduate programs in religious studies. Ultimately, I would like to become a journalist with a background in religious studies or, possibly, a professor of religious studies."
Fulbright for religious studies abroad
Another religious studies major, and a 2007 Fulbright award-winner, Rose Golder-Novick '07, studied the renewal of the Jewish community in Germany and the conflict between German-born Jews and immigrant Eastern European Jews in Munich, Germany. Golder-Novick interned at the Pluralism Project at Harvard University planned to attend graduate school in religious studies and work in the non-profit sector.
Religious studies, rowing and rehabilitative medicine
Tim Young '92, a religious studies major, is now a physician specializing in rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. He earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. A member of the U.S. Rowing Team from 1993-1996, Young won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.
Department of Religious Studies
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