Religion students are inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society of religious studies

About The Program

The study of religion today has never been more central to the challenges and opportunities of our shared global existence. Many students combine their study of religion with a second major. Because the study of religion is integral to the Humanities more generally, it has proven beneficial not only to those seeking church-related careers, but also as an excellent foundation for graduate school or theological seminary, as well as a training ground for careers in the nonprofit sector.

Why LVC?

  • Religion majors will learn from faculty who are committed, innovative, award-winning teachers and internationally recognized scholars.
  • Through the department’s Transdisciplinary Collective, majors will collaborate with the English and Art & Visual Culture departments to provide cutting-edge studies in the humanities. The collective is committed to entrepreneurship—to the creation of new learning conditions, curriculum, and working environment that produces opportunities for the particular interests and expertise of its students and faculty to flourish.
  • LVC’s annual Sustained Interfaith Dialogue brings students into conversation with people from a variety of religious traditions to discuss different themes central to bridging the gap in understanding that often contributes to tensions between religious traditions.
  • Religion majors who meet qualifications can join the Interfaith Honor Society, which encourages student exploration of the faiths of others in light of the student’s own religious identity.
  • Religion majors can enroll in the department’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, a year-long, team-taught, reading and research intensive course that culminates in a public presentation and subsequent publication of the student’s work. The subject may be thematic (Race and Religion) or focused on a prominent contemporary figure (Catherine Malabou).

LVC gave me ingredients that have served me well and prepared me for seminary and pastoral ministry: academic experiences with an emphasis on reading, writing, and the liberal arts; and the opportunity to be involved in leadership in Christian communities within a college that welcomes those of all faiths and no faith.

Pastor, Suffern United Methodist Church, Suffern, N.Y.

Rev. Amanda Zelazny Cosnett ’11, Religion