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 the Senior Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University and help oversee international recruitment and strategy for the JHU admissions office. I am currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts program at JHU. My experience as a Religious Studies major at Gettysburg provided me with so many valuable skills that I use constantly! First of all, it trained me to approach my work through such a global perspective. I honestly don’t know if I would be overseeing international recruitment now without such exposure through the Religious Studies department. I also truly learned how to communicate, both orally and through the written word. I am constantly presenting in front of large groups of people, and I felt very prepared with this aspect of my job thanks to my background at Gettysburg College. Finally, my major provided me with critical thinking skills that I use professionally, but also in everyday life. I will be forever grateful for my Religious Studies experience at Gettysburg.