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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


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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


Chelsea Denault

Chelsea Denault, '12

Hometown/High School: Clinton Township, MI; Chippewa Valley High School

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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Program Introduction

Students in professor Ronney Mourad's religious studies class.

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.

Career Opportunities

What Can You Do with Religious Studies?

Associate professor Jocelyn McWhirter helps a student.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.

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