• Please visit our department through Facebook to be in touch with us. If you are thinking about applying to Morvian College, contact us for a visit -- we look forward to welcoming you! If you are an alum, please keep us up to date on your life, and come back to see us soon.
  • Check out the link for the College's highlighting of "the Moravian Effect" -- two alums, Rachel Kleiner and Hanna Yang, speak about the impact of Profs Radine and Denton-Borhaug in their lives:

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  • Congratulations to Peace and Justice Studies Minors Lydia Reynolds and Marisa Blose, who presented at the 2014 Social Justice Conference held yearly at Muhlenberg College.
  • Congratulations to Logan Stano, recipient of the 2014 Theta kappa Alpha award for excellence in Religious Studies.
  • Congratulations to Karen Duld, '12, who has been accepted to begin graduate studies in History at Lehigh University.
  • Congratulations to James Kuri, '13, who has begun a new position with Vanguard.
  • Congratulations to Naiomi Gonzalez, '12, recipient of the Theta Kappa Alpha award for excellence in Religious Studies. Naiomi has received a full scholarship plus a fellowship to begin Masters of Divinity Studies at Brite Theological School in Texas.
  • We want friends of the Moravian Religion Dept. to know about Dr. Naraghi’s latest activities.  He has been featured no fewer than 5 times as a prominent speaker on BBC Persian: see the weblink below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/tv
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    This news program is seen by 10 million (yes!) people in the Farsi-speaking world.  He has spoken on the modernization of Islam, and will be speaking soon on Islam and euthanasia, among other topics.  His presentation is having a decided effect on many listeners, so much so that he is being inundated with emails from around the world. Each time Dr. Naraghi is introduced on this program, 10 million Farsi- speaking people around the world hear the name of Moravian College!

  • Religion Dept. 2011 Graduates Nina Patton, Kat Steinly, Mike Santos and Mike Accurso, all have received full scholarships for graduate studies. See more news about our graduates in News and Opportunities.
  • Congratulations to Christine Bauer, '12, who was accepted into the Masters in Medical Humanities at Drew University.
  • For two years in a row, Religion Dept. faculty were recently awarded the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award -- '11 to Kelly Denton-Borhaug and '10 to Don St. John.
  • Congratulations to Religion Major Seniors Naiomi Gonzalez, Karen Duld and Cindy DaPra. All three presented papers at the Muhlenberg Social Justice Undergraduate Conference, and Karen additionally presented a paper at the competitive LVAIC Women's Studies Undergraduate Conference in 2012.

Welcome!

What we do. . . Students who major or take one or more courses in the Religion Department will increase their capacities in the following areas:

In the Department of Religion, faculty and students study the religious traditions of the world and explore the nature and function of religion in human experience. Through multidisciplinary methods engaging text, theology, ritual, belief, culture, history and more, we investigate the ways religion enriches and complicates the lives of people as a major source of people's values, ideals and practices. Students are encouraged to bring their own questions to the building of skills in thinking and reading, speaking and writing, and how to approach and understand cultures radically different from their own. Our study helps us learn to listen and understand the differences in and between people.

Religion majors and minors go on to become teachers, pursue law, diplomatic, social and counseling services, journalism and business, while others pursue careers as religious leaders or become active in the non-profit sector, and still others to graduate school in a variety of diverse arenas.

The Religion Major is one of the most flexible majors at Moravian College, and many students elect to combine religion as a double-major, to make themselves even better equipped for a wide variety of options post-college.  Students are strongly encouraged to incorporate an internship, study abroad, travel seminars and/or service learning as part of their degree.

Most recently, our graduates are involved in pursuits such as these below:
--beginning a United Church of Christ Year of Service Program in Carlsbad, CA;
--working as an Admissions Counselor in our own Moravian College Office of Admissions;
--pursuing a MA program at Tel Aviv University in Israel on the "Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible";
--working as "Program Director" at The Lincoln Center for Family & Youth in Audubon, PA, a non-profit human service organization serving children, adults and families;
--beginning a 3 year residency training at Crozer-Keystone Health System, after graduating from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.
--pursuing an MA program at Drew Univeristy in Medical Humanities, a program that develops professionals who understand and can convincingly synthesize the ethical, historical, and practical aspects of medicine as they relate to the implementation, control and dissemination of health care.
--pursuing Masters of Divinity Degrees at such places at Drew University and Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia.

We celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates in a wide variety of areas!

The program in religion is pluralistic and multifaceted. Sacred texts studies are complemented by offerings in theology, ethics and history. Students have the opportunity to study Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, the religious traditions of Native America, and more, as well as to explore the interaction between religion and the contemporary world. We also encourage study abroad (both long-term and short term), internships, and other learning and service opportunities that will expand upon course study in the classroom.

Pursuing your own questions. . . All religion majors have the opportunity to focus on a particular theme, question or issue that they will independently research during one semester of their senior year. See the following for a description of this past year's senior projects. Many of the graduates from our program have gone on to receive full scholarships for graduate studies.

Find out more. . . Both current and prospective religion majors are encouraged to visit the "News and Opportunities" link for an update on upcoming happenings in the Dept. of Religion. See our link, "Religion Society," for information about informal gatherings, presentations and talks sponsored in the Religion Department. If you think you might be interested in learning more about our department, feel free to contact one of our faculty by email or phone. Join our facebook page: Moravian College Religion Dept and help us to stay in touch!