HIGHLIGHTS OF ALMA’S RELIGIOUS STUDIES PROGRAM
· The discipline of Religious Studies encompasses the best of what a liberal arts education is all about: broad understanding of the human world, critical thinking, problem solving, and written and oral persuasion and communication. Excellence in Religious Studies translates into many other kinds of excellence and does not prematurely pigeonhole students into a particular career track.
· As the name implies, Religious Studies intersects with many other disciplines, such as history, sociology, psychology, economics, literature, political science, philosophy, or gender studies. Because scholars in the field of religion employ such diverse research methods, majors and minors in Religious Studies are encouraged to double-major or minor in another field that interests them.
· The Religious Studies department at Alma is relatively small and allows for plenty of personal contact between students and faculty members. The relatively low number of core courses in the department also allows for a highly individualized course of study; this means that with guidance from faculty members, students have freedom largely to create their own major or minor with an eye toward their own goals.
· Alma students who go on to seminaries report that their Religious Studies courses have prepared them well and even given them a head start toward their next degree. Because of this, as well as because of their personalized recommendations from faculty members, Religious Studies majors and minors from Alma have a high acceptance rate into their first choice schools.