About the Religion Department
The study of Religion at Bucknell explores the experiences, narratives, and social expressions of individuals and groups as they strive to articulate meaningful lives. As an academic study, religion focuses on institutional formations associated with both world religions and local religious traditions, as well as social, cultural, and political developments that call forth ultimate commitment from participants.
Chief Bucknell Benefits
+ Close coursework and mentoring by faculty in the discipline serve to provide students with an understanding of key approahes, concepts, and practises in the study of religion.
+ The study of religion helps student sacquire 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 to challenge humanity.
+ Students develop a critical understanding of the diverse religious intentions, motivations, and inspirations of local communities as they respond to globalizing forces.
+ A religion major prepares those interested in graduate work or diverse national and international careers, such as business, lawm journalism, nonprofit organizations and public service.
+ 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.
+ Faculty members in the religion department are widely published and nationally as well as internatinally recognized scholars in their fields.
+ Bucknell's religion professors are aware of students' needs for a basic understanding of religion as both a discipline and a personal force in peoples' lives.
+ Religion professors regularly mentor students in honors Independent Research Projects, in degree work, as well as students who are Presidenial Fellows and teaching assistants
+ The religion department sponsors a Religious Studies Forum, which provides a setting for the presentation and discussion of issues pertainent to students, faculty, staff, and the local community