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 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.
I am currently working as a project manager for a software development company. One might assume that my major did not effect my current job but I actually think it has had a profound impact. My major has allowed me to come to the table with a uniquely open view and legitimate knowledge on topics that most people feel extremely passionate about, but in reality know very little about. Being open-minded and fundamentally curious about other peoples' backgrounds and cultures has allowed me to connect with people who I otherwise wouldn't be able to, which results in tangible business benefits. Oh, and the professors are the most down-to-earth, passionate professors at Gettysburg. In the real world you can always teach yourself how to program, or understand science through pure effort and discipline. But few majors teach you how to actually think and how to correct yourself when you are wrong.