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Why Religious Studies at E-town?

man playing sitar on blanket with drums and gold artifacts on lecture hall stageRooted in rich tradition.

Elizabethtown College was founded by the Church of the Brethren. The religious studies program—and the mission of the College—are still aligned with the Brethren's heritage of promoting peace within the community.

Advising is personal.

The Elizabethtown College Department of Religious Studies has a distinct, holistic approach to advising. We don't just help our students select classes. Instead, we help them plan a path. Because we are a small department, every student gets the time and attention they need.

Customize your career.

Religious Studies complements other disciplines well, so many students choose to double major in fields such as Social Work, History, Philosophy and Sociology-Anthropology. Also, our department is closely aligned with four interdisciplinary minors: Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Asian Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

Unlock ancient languages.

Many of our alumni report they were better prepared than their peers when they entered graduate school because they had the unusual opportunity to begin studying ancient languages at the undergraduate level.

Vibrant religious life.

Elizabethtown College supports the free expression of religion for all individuals and groups. There are many ways to become involved in faith-based activities: programs sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, by joining student religious organizations and through off-campus ministries.

Called to Lead program.

Students involved in Elizabethtown College' s distinguished leadership development program, Called to Lead can earn points—and recognition--by exploring themes such as leadership styles, diversity, careers, personal identity, ethical commitments—and the big questions of meaning and purpose of life.

Access to a world-famous research center.

Elizabethtown College is home to The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, the premier center for for Anabaptist and Pietist research. This center interprets the culture and religious heritage of these communities and shares this research through public lectures, seminars, exhibits and conferences.

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