The best part about studying ethics and morality within religious studies is that it directly relates to psychology. Being able to draw connections between classes is one of the great advantages of my liberal arts education.
Updated June 13, 2017: Sarah will pursue a doctoral degree in school psychology in the Department of Health & Behavior Studies at Columbia University in New York City. Congratulations, Sarah!
"When I came to Bucknell, I didn't intend to focus on religion. Taking multiple elective courses in the Religious Studies Department inevitably led me to my minor.
"One of the best things about studying religion at Bucknell is that a majority of the courses expose students not only to different belief systems, but also to different cultures. Once you understand why people hold the beliefs that they do, you begin to understand why societies are set up in certain ways, how people interact with each other and what they consider to be most valuable in their communities. In the future, I want to do research in behavioral psychology, so studying religion, ethics and morality is a great compliment to that.
"I've always had an inclination towards psychology, but I also knew that I wanted to study something I hadn't had the opportunity to study in high school. Religion seemed to be the answer. Professor Antonaccio in religious studies has been a great influence on me. After taking her class, God and Morality, I started to become more and more interested in ethics and morality, so I decided to take both Introduction to Ethics and the End of Nature and the Posthuman Future with her as well.
"The best part about studying ethics and morality within religious studies is that it directly relates to psychology. I'm very passionate about both my subjects and they compliment each other well. Being able to draw connections between classes is one of the great advantages of my liberal arts education."
Sarah is from Bernardsville, N.J.
Posted November 17, 2014