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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.

Interfaith

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Why get a degree in Religious Studies?

Religion is as powerful a force in the world as it’s ever been.

Consider the ways that religions pervade global conflicts and peace summits. Think of the dramatic impact of the shifting landscapes in the Catholic Church. Picture the colorful Dalai Lama traveling the world in his efforts to achieve justice. Or just reflect on those small religious acts of kindness in your home community.

Examining human experience through the lens of religion is absolutely necessary for understanding the way our world works in the twenty-first century. With our degree in Religious Studies, you’ll gain deep knowledge about diverse religious beliefs and practices, the historical contexts in which they emerge, and thus the wider world.

What do Religious Studies majors learn?

As a student in our department, you’ll experience the humanities in tangible ways. Whether through putting ancient pottery pieces back together, attending ceremonies at various religious centers, or learning the languages of sacred texts, you’ll become familiar with the many ways that religion shapes human experiences.

Our academic program is not affiliated with any particular religious tradition. We offer courses that cover a wide variety of religions—including Islam, Christianity, Dharma traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism), and Judaism—and broader fields such as sociology and anthropology.

We also enjoy relationships with local and regional churches, synagogues, and temples that welcome our students as participants and observers.

By the time you complete your degree, you’ll be able to describe religion with clarity and complexity, analyze primary and secondary literature in religious studies with a critical perspective, develop a cogently argued and well-written thesis, and give a clear and coherent presentation of a topic in the field of religious studies.     

More broadly, you’ll have the skills required for observing religion in its rich complexity and understanding the ways it both weaves together and rips apart the social fabric of our world.

Additional opportunities for Religious Studies majors

Our major is flexible and allows you to make the most of your time at E-town College.

The majority of our majors choose to spend at least one semester abroad, and because we’re excited about broadening your education, we’ll gladly help you get to your dream location, whether that’s in India, New Zealand, China, or another of the dozens of countries our majors have chosen through the years. 

In addition to studying abroad, many of our majors also discover that they want to double-major or take a minor.

What are the related areas of study?

Our department is closely aligned with these interdisciplinary minors:

  • Interfaith Religious Studies
  • Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies

 

Come visit us!

If you’d like to learn more about our department and meet our faculty and students, come visit us on campus!

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