Department of Religious Studies
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Graduating Majors: Laxmi Kotha, Candace Myers, Adam Shakarjian, and Joshua Eggen
Graduating Minors: Kristine Graham, Megan Grobbel, Krystin Haapala, Georgiana Inggrid, Bailey Judson, Brandon Kosinski, Miranda McCrady, and Alexandra Meyer
Graduating Majors: Tsiporah Davis, Tim Delong, Christina Hallam, Lesley Lloyd, Dustin Moretz, Tiffany Newsom, Elizabeth Nykamp, Adam Shakarjian
Graduating Minors: Christian Andersen, John Brundage, Robert Cermak, Adam Collins, Geoffrey Knight, Nora Riggs, Rebekah Snyder
Graduating Majors: Kyle Bryce, Datie Condon, David DeVore, James McKee and Jonathan Tostige
Graduating Minors: Leslie Barker, Alexandria Hamlin, Ashley Miracle, Krysta Schroeder and Claudia Toro
Graduating Majors: Olivia Choate, Christopher Ferriole, Denni Lakhan, Nicholas Lessnau, Mark Miller, Christopher White
Graduating Minors: Jessica Berndt, Colin Carr, Justin DeHondt, Joshua Deuel, Lauren Eskler, Elise Gotham, Vanessa Hartel, Erica Mazur, Nathan Merling, Rebekah Poxson, Patricia Rewa, Lainey Rubin, Samantha Salhaney
Graduating Majors: Christopher DeLong, Grace Gibson, Elizabeth Heimler, Julia Humenik, Virginia Mapes, Jessica McGarity, Kayla Schultz, Katherine Wiese
Graduating Minors: Alexandra Beach, Emily Comella, John Forgrave, Jessica Homrich, Nicholas Lane, Daniel Palmer, Mathew Peters, Sandeep Singh, Matthew Van Linden, Rhonda Vander Zwaag, Daniel Willenberg
Graduating Majors: John Baker-Streevy, Benjamin Bower, Christina Griffith, Jeffrey Kline, Steven Maisel, Amanda Morgan, Simone Anderson, Marc Haugen, Robert Merrill
Graduating Minors: Candace Bonner, Kehvren Dobbins, Meredith Hammond, Colin Murray, Erika Nichols, Allison Rowlett, Jeffrey Skeans
Graudating Majors: Amanda Barnett, Chase Boggs-Smitley, Ahmed Chaudhry, Rachel Freedman-Doan, Daniel Hart, Fred Kraft, Dianne Marshall, Calli McCain, Casey Dexter, Christa Scott, Andrew Sheppard, Kate Van Ness
Graduating Minors: Chelsea Boundy, Benjamin Gorczyca, William Sweeter, Jonathon Reynolds, Eric Schroeder, Evyn Lewis, Megan Sullivan
Graduating Majors: Hannah Barnes, Eric Bowdich, Corey Grazul, Erin Holdren, Joel Pier-Fitzgerald, Hannah Rutgers
Graduating Minors: Julie Cieszkowski, Erika Comment, Lisa Keef, Michael Parka, Matthew Miller, Sarah Turner, Lisa Vacca
Graduating Majors: Danica Dumsch, Brittany Hainline, Mathew Hancock, Mathew Milligan
Graduating Minors: Hillary Burgess, Heather Dukes, Jennifer Fleischmann, Hilary Korstange, Tracey Martin, Daniel O'Brien, Christine Schneider
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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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.