Alli – Religious Studies Major at Iowa State

Alli – Religious Studies Major at Iowa State


I was an open option major when I was a freshman
and so I took a world religion class to fill an elective and I just loved the
material. Eric Murphy was my first professor and every unit was more
interesting to me than the next so I took another one the next semester and it
kind of made sense to me that I want to work with people once I graduate. That
you have to take classes from all sorts of different world religions, which is really
cool so I couldn’t specialize in Judaism or Hinduism I have to, I get to take classes
in all of those areas. One of my favorite classes was called religious traditions in
India. I took it last semester with Spencer Doo and he’s just an excellent professor
to begin with. He’s very eclectic and he lectures really well and so that was one
really enjoyable part about it. The second was I didn’t know much about
these religions so that was really interesting to just learn about them.
This class was set up that we would read a book about a religion and then write a
paper on it. So I endedup writing about three papers for the class about a specific
religion kind of analyzing it and then at the end, which was my favorite part of
class, we had had to synthesize all these religions together and compare them and
evaluate them in regards to each other. I took a magic witchcraft and religion
course last semester, so that was really unique and just a lot of fun things like
that you know you think you take you take your buddhism class and your Judaism class and your Catholicism but to have something about magic and witchcraft
it was a nice surprise to have a little funky classes like that. My career goals are to work in the
nonprofit, kind of sector of the work force. Preferably something that
is kind of hands-on with people they’d be doing the event planning, fundraising and
so I think this major really helped me understand how people work and how they
function and so that’s kind of where I’m looking right now. I’m senior, so the
job search just started and nonprofits is where my focus is. One of my favorite
religion professors, her name was Anne Clifford and I took a Catholicism class
with her and I really connected with her not only is she a great lecturer, she’s full of
knowledge on Catholicism but we kind of bonded a little bit in that we talk
about my papers and she gave me some really great feedback that I think
helped me grow as a writer. When I was analyzing things and then I took that a
spring semester so then over the summer we traded a couple emails. Eric Marcos my
advisor and he’s a really great resource. I’m a planner so I’d always have my
schedule planned out before I walked in the door to see my to have my advising
equipment every semester. So we kind of just go through and check everything and
make sure everything was looking ok and I was keeping on track and he’d always ask
if I was, ya know, finding internships, finding work and things like that and
that’s nice to have somebody there that’s asking you those questions instead
of you necessarily have to go seek them out there. They want to make sure you’re
on track and doing things well. Religion study has kind of their own floor, their
department’s located up in catt hall and their secretary janet is absolutely
wonderful I have called her on some occasions and asked
kind of random word questions about my degree audit or can you get me into
this class I need to this that she’s so friendly and just she’ll send out emails
to all the religious studies majors about things going on, if there’s a lecture
on campus. I would say be a religious studies major because it’s so important
to understand people’s backgrounds and the biggest advice I can give you is to
just take a bunch of different religion courses as kind of an experimental to
see if you like the material because if you take two very different religion
classes and find them both really interesting this is probably going to be
the major for you.

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