The Value of Religious Studies

The value of religious studies is immeasurable. Over the past t10 years, majors in religion from Bucknell University have, within six months of graduation, landed jobs in such diverse fields as accounting, banking, business consulting, cartography, chemistry, education (two teaching in Japan, one with the Peace Corps), insurance, publishing, recreation, and retail.

Rivka Ulmer
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Professor of Jewish Studies, Rivka Ulmer, recently released her 18th book entitled Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash.

Professor of Jewish Studies, Rivka Ulmer

Professor of Jewish Studies, Rivka Ulmer, recently released her 18th book entitled Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash.

Beth Klunk '14

Expanding Perspective

Spotlight: Beth Klunk '14

I think that the way Bucknell classes are taught pushes you to step outside of your comfort zone. They teach you to stretch your mind and consider things that you've never learned about before.

Expanding perspective

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What you can do with a major in Religious Studies?


1) You can study a variety of cultures.
2) You can combine a variety of academic disciplines.
3) You can gain important critical reasoning skills.
4) You can be equipped to participate in an increasingly diverse world.

Cross-Curricular Connections

Cross-Curricular Connections

The academic study of religion contributes to the formation of global citizens by giving them fundamental capacities of intercultural literacy.

The skills and capabilities that students develop in the academic study of religion are therefore broadly applicable and are intimately related to the goals of other areas of study at Bucknell, not only in the humanities but also in management, the sciences, and engineering.

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Engage with some of the most profound ideas, thinkers and questions that have challenged humanity.

Understand diverse religious intentions, motivations and inspirations of communities as they respond to globalizing forces. Explore the experiences, narratives and social expressions of individuals and groups as they strive to articulate meaningful lives.

The academic study of religion contributes to the formation of global citizens by giving students fundamental capacities of intercultural literacy.

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The study of religion at Bucknell explores the experiences, narratives and social expressions of individuals and groups as they strive to articulate meaningful lives. 

The study of religion helps students acquire the skills needed for reflection upon the human quest for transformation and meaning that persists even in modern, secular settings. 

A major in religion provides the context for historical and conceptual engagement with some of the most profound ideas, thinkers and questions that have challenged humanity.

Increasingly, Bucknell students add religion as a second major that complements professional degree work by providing them with an academic setting for exploring broad cultural, conceptual, ethical and spiritual questions.

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Michelle Oswald Beiler

Professor

Maria Antonaccio

There is a growing consensus that one simply cannot be an adequately informed citizen of the world today without some critical understanding of the diversity, influence and impact of religious traditions on human culture and history.

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Jeffrey C. Evans

Assistant Professor

Stuart Young

I don't call myself a Buddhist, but I have some resonance with a lot of the Buddhist ideals. Just being exposed to those teachings is a valuable thing in one's life.

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Michael A. Malusis

Professor

Carol Wayne White

As a religious naturalist, I examine different theories regarding the God-hypothesis and the different roles that science and religion play in guiding modern thought.

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Hands-on Experience


Outside of the Classroom

Study Abroad

Religion majors are encouraged to pursue off-campus study either abroad or in other approved international or domestic programs to broaden their understanding of religious pluralism both in the United States and globally. Recently, students have studied in: Florence, India, England and New Zealand.

Internships

Internships

Internships prepare students for career success through firsthand work in the field. Recently, religion students have secured internships at:

  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • The Office of Senator Joseph Lieberman

Career Paths

Career Paths

Because of their broad liberal arts preparation, religion students have broad career choices. Professions of choice frequently include those in business, law, journalism, non-profit organizations, education, public service, communications and beyond.

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