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Jeff Long

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Dr. Jeff Long, professor of religion at Elizabethtown College, publishes and speaks internationally on the subject of religious pluralism.

Leadership and Patel

Why Interfaith Leadership Studies?

Interfaith leadership and service are increasingly important in the arena of global politics, but also matter greatly in local communities, suburbs, and cities. We have national partnerships with Eboo Patel's Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, and have sponsored students to attend the IFYC Interfaith Leadership Institute.


Why Religious Studies?

In the 21st century, religion is as powerful a force in the world as it has ever been. In our program, you can learn about the religions of the world from books, and also from real-world experiences. We have connections with many local and regional churches, synagogues, and temples.

Interfaith Leadership Studies

Interfaith Leadership Studies looks at how religion, politics, and everyday life intersect to form a lens with which we can view the world. Interfaith Studies is quickly gaining international attention. In his United Nations speech in November 2014, President Obama called for interfaith action to combat religious extremism and terrorism marking an increasingly important focus on global politics and interfaith connections. Elizabethtown College is the first in the nation with an academic major in this emerging field.

Why Study Interfaith Leadership at Elizabethtown?

As the first college with a dedicated major, we are leading the nation in interfaith studies. At E-town, you have the opportunity to study with an internationally recognized professor of religion, Dr. Jeffery D. Long, as well as conduct research and explore internship partnerships in nearly any field that interests you.

What do you study in an Interfaith Leadership major?

As a major or minor in Interfaith Leadership, you will learn about religion, but you will also choose courses from the fields of business, history, political science, peace and conflict studies, psychology, and sociology. The flexibility of the major will allow you to add a minor, or a second major, which can allow you to tie your interests together!

Research, Internships, and Study Abroad:

The Interfaith Leadership major requires an internship and capstone applied project, but fear not! Our students have the ability to research nearly any topic that interests them or intern anywhere. Interfaith Leadership students are able to study abroad in nearly any program around the world including programs in Asia, South America and Europe! We encourage all of our students to study abroad for at least a semester, or participate in short-term, service-learning overseas trips with E-town faculty.

What can you do with a degree in Interfaith Leadership?

The opportunities are endless! Students can find jobs in competitive global political fields, non-profit and for-profit sectors, and in faith-based organizations both domestically and internationally. Interfaith leadership knowledge can extend into nearly any professional field you choose.

Learning at E-town does not end in the classroom. We have dedicated partnerships that allow our students to pursue their various interests both on and off campus.

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