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 have been employed in Admissions at La Salle since graduating from Gettysburg in 2014, and plan to continue a career path in higher education. Connecting with students and helping them to access higher education are my favorite parts of my job. While studying Religious Studies at Gettysburg I was given many tools that help me in my profession. The most obvious would be the way I have been trained to look at the world—to think critically about what is in front of me, to question, but most importantly to understand and to be able to see from multiple perspectives. In my job, I work with students from all of the country who come from a variety of backgrounds. Without my degree in Religious Studies I do not think I would have the same understanding or ability to relate to a student who comes from a faith background that has drastically impacted their high school experience and will impact their college choice.