• Qiqi Mei during her semester abroad in Bosnia

    Religious Studies major Qiqi Mei during her semester abroad in Bosnia, where she studied religion, conflict, and community.

  • Edward Dame during his study abroad

    Religious Studies major Edward Dame during his studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka Prefecture, Japan

  • CPS Immersion trip

    Students learning from traditional Iroquois lacrosse stick maker during CPS immersion trip on the Onondaga and Environmental Justice led by Professor David Walsh.

  • Seminar

    Senior students meeting with members of the Bosnian community in PA as part of a seminar on violence and religion with Professor Megan Sijapati.

  • Immersion trip

    Students learning about how sheep are raised halal in an American Muslim community, on a Community Based Learning immersion trip in the course ‘Islam in America' with Professor Megan Sijapati.

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    Students in FYS ‘Death and the Meaning of Life’, with Professor Buz Myers, participating in team building experiences on the Challenge Course at Gettysburg College.

Religious Studies Programs

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.

Find out more about our programs, explore the courses offered, and meet our faculty.

Senior Student Profile

AllegraDo you have a favorite moment in a Religious Studies course here at Gettysburg?  
My favorite moment was calling my mother after my first class with Prof. Sijapati and telling her how excited I was and her answer was, “Go for it Allegra, do what you love”. When some parents might of pushed their children to do a more popular major, mine wanted me to succeed in school, which entailed studying what I love.

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Alumni Profile: Ashley Rotchford '13

Ashley RotchfordI am currently a third-year law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law. After my clerkship, I hope to work for the Department of Justice as a Judicial Law Clerk at Immigration Court. It is my hope, in the long run, to work in immigration law or immigration policy, and work to pass some form of comprehensive immigration reform that contains a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. My passion for studying religion and its far-reaching impact is what led me to a religious studies degree, but that degree has also prepared me to be critical, analytical, and thoughtful. Whether people wish to acknowledge it, religion is a part of every aspect of society. It impacts policy—at the national, state, and local level. Knowing this has allowed me to understand why policies are enacted and also what problems they might impose upon different faiths.

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