Why I Love Being a Religion Major
When I started my freshman fall, I was completely sure that I was going to be an engineering major. I was incredibly interested in architecture and excited about the B.E. program that Dartmouth offered. However, after my first math class didn't go as well as I planned, I had some second thoughts. It was in meeting with one of my engineering/studio art professors shortly after my first midterm, that he began to explain the multi-faceted field of architecture. He told me that science and math were only a small part of architecture, the field needed lawyers and designers as well. It was around this time that I began to seriously think about the field of law.
Fast forward to the beginning of sophomore year. I took a religion class and was immediately hooked. Just as I had learned the field of architecture was muli-dimensional, so is the field of religion. I was able to study politics, history, and ethics all at the same time. Dartmouth's flexible liberal arts program allowed me to explore many different fields, from engineering to religion and everything inbetween, without penalty or loss of credits!
Now, as my sophomore year comes to a close, I am majoring in Religion and could not be more excited about the last two years of my studies. Here are some of the reasons that I love being a Religion major.
- No. 1
The Study Abroad Program
The Religion department study abroad program is at the University of Edinburgh, one of the oldest schools in the world! I am super excited to be attending the program this fall (check back in from September-December to hear about my adventures abroad) because I have heard great things. We are planning on having classes for three days of the week, which leave plenty of time to explore other programs the University has to offer and travel around Europe!
- No. 2
Small Class Sizes
I have taken four religion classes and the largest class has been twenty people. Like most class sizes at Dartmouth, this allows for plenty of interaction with your peers and professors. Having the opportunity to engage critically with what you are learning through discussion has been incredibly beneficial to my learning.
- No. 3
Learning About Different World Views
I believe that the Religion department is the epitome of the liberal arts. I have the opportunity to take religion classes that are focused on money, the presidency and women in government. Subsequently, not only do I learn about religions that are different from mine, but political views and histories that are different than the ones I have been exposed to.