Hometown/High School: Clinton Township, MI; Chippewa Valley High School
Majors/Minors/Institutes: History Major, Spanish and Journalism Minor; Ford Institute and Honors Program
Campus Organizations: Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity, Delta Gamma Sorority, British Eighth Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Student Senate, and Model United Nations
Why I Chose Ford: I've always been very interested in politics and the effect that political events have had on American history. The Ford Institute offered a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in the politics and get first-hand experience in its process. I've also been very devoted to service, mostly in my own community, and Ford allowed me to become involved with service at a state and even a national level. The biggest selling point for me was the required internship that all Fordies must complete- it's a great opportunity that I wouldn't have been able to have if I had gone to a big state school.
Internship Plans: I hope to intern at the Library of Congress or at the Senate Historian's Office because it would allow me to work with both historical archives and congressional research teams. I would get the experience I need in history and politics at the same time.
Post Grad Plans: I would really like to go to graduate school for history and perhaps get a job writing for a newspaper on the side. Afterwards, I will hopefully have a job either teaching at a college and writing books or working at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, or the Senate Historian's Office.
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Why Study Religion?
Only a few students enter Albion intending to study religion or to pursue a major or minor in religious studies. Most of our students select a course in religious studies as part of their core requirement, and then take more courses with us for one reason: fascination. A survey of the courses we teach, their content, and their methods explains why so many students take more than one course with us.
- Would you like to know about the first-century environment of Jesus and the early church?
- Have you wondered about the differences between Judaism and its daughter religion, Christianity, and why they separated?
- What do women's experiences bring to different religious traditions?
- How can an understanding of Islam shed light on current political developments in the Middle East?
- What about the relationship between philosophy and religion? Or science and religion?
- Would you like to know more about Asian religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism?
- What about ethical questions in a time when our society is debating issues such as AIDS, abortion, euthanasia, racism, and other matters that will affect us for many years to come?
Many of these questions have their roots in religious perspectives that are a part of our multicultural inheritance. We cannot afford to ignore them. Religion is a vital part of our world. It is as current as today's news, yet reaches back to our earliest beginnings as a species.
What Can You Do with Religious Studies?
Although religious studies may be interesting in and of itself, one cannot live on academic interest alone. Studying religion also has practical payoffs. Students who have graduated from Albion with a major in religious studies are now involved in a wide variety of careers. Some have earned graduate degrees in religious studies and teach in leading colleges and universities. Many are in human services of some kind: pastoral ministry in churches, social work, counseling, and education.
Religious studies, like its sister disciplines in the liberal arts, helps students learn to think critically, not just about religion, but about all aspects of human existence. The study of religion helps students understand themselves and their families' heritage. Religious studies helps us understand our world, past and present, and to apply this understanding to many areas of life. Accordingly, many of our students end up in the professions: writing, law, business, and industry. Many of our students have chosen to double-major in areas like history, anthropology, psychology, or English.
Because religion is concerned with integrating different aspects of human existence, the study of religion has applications, both practical and theoretical, that are far-reaching. We know, from the testimonies of our alumni, that employers appreciate the balance and breadth that the study of religion offers.
Selva J. Raj Memorial Scholarship
This award was established in March of 2008 in memory of Dr. Selva J. Raj (1952 – 2008). Dr. Raj was a beloved and outstanding scholar, teacher, and colleague. Recipients of the scholarship are announced at Albion College's Honors Convocation each April.
2014 Laxmi Kotha
2013 Christina Hallam
2012 Dustin Moretz
2011 Christopher White
2010 Julia Humenik
2009 Christina Griffith and Steven Maisel