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 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.