Posted: 5 hours ago
Posted: 5 hours ago
If you want to understand our world, study a global phenomenon. Religion is arguably the original global cultural phenomenon and studies show the percentage of affiliation with the world’s four largest religions—Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism—has increased in the last century.
Our majors graduate with skills highly sought after in today’s job market. In a 2010 national survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, employers said they wanted a college education to emphasize knowledge of global issues (67%) and ethical decision-making (75%).
Students intern at a wide variety of institutions, from the Asia Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to the American Medical Association Ethics Group in Chicago.
Professions that address a diverse population (such as medicine, education, public policy, law, marketing) and global professions (such as international relations, diplomacy, journalism, the arts and thousands of international businesses) are excellent places for our majors to apply their expertise.
The way we learn about religions at Drew is both academic and experiential. We took field trips, for example, to the sacred spaces of five major religions. It has definitely expanded my ideas about other cultures and made me care more about the world as a whole.
My major gave me the opportunity to study different fields because there is such a multidisciplinary approach. I’ve studied anthropology, political science, Arabic, Middle East studies and conflict resolution.
Falling in love with religious studies opened up a lot of options I didn’t know I had. I studied in Rome for three weeks, and the paper I wrote for my Dante class was published in The Drew Review, the undergraduate peer review research journal.
My research focuses on religious conflict and terrorism, world archaeology, Jewish diaspora communities, ethnography of the Middle East and Latin America and human evolution, with a special focus on the interface between science and religion. I also find time now and then to bring out my guitar.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
I have lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East and have directed 15 Drew International Seminars in Egypt, Israel and Yemen. As a certified scuba instructor, I’ve also been known to take students diving in the Red Sea.
Ph.D., Princeton University
I am working on a labor of love, editing a textbook initiated by a late beloved colleague that I and others are bringing to fruition in his honor. I’ve also directed three Drew International Seminars to India—all remembered with fondness and inspiration.
Ph.D., University of Chicago
I’m working on a new book about the history of heretics, their books and their excommunications, from Spinoza to Rav Kook, Mordecai Kaplan to the “Zoo Rabbi.” I’m also an ordained rabbi, and served synagogues in Boston and Montreal.
Ph.D., Harvard University
I’d say I’m very funny, though I once had a student tell me, “You’re not as funny as you think you are.” As for my work, I’m writing a book on the First Crusade and papal preaching.
Ph.D., Fordham University
My primary areas of specialization are religious engagement with politics, business and medicine. My work has appeared in The Journal of Religious Ethics, Pro Ecclesia, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy and First Things.
Ph.D., University of Virginia
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“Our professor was awesome, hilarious and incredibly involved. She made things really accessible. I learned more new stuff than I had in any other class, especially a lot about Buddhism and Hinduism.”
Rachel Schachter on Religions of India