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Religious Studies

Research will be a crucial part of your work. Hamilton religious studies majors have, for instance, studied religious spaces in transition in a nearby city and the religious lives of local refugees. Through your coursework you will develop an understanding of religion as a powerful element of culture and human experience, not just as social institution or dogma.

Shannon Boley ’17
Shannon Boley ’17

A student’s discovery: religious studies and summer research

Shannon Boley ’17 started Hamilton College convinced she would major in English. She ended her first year in love with a major she hadn’t known existed – religious studies. She spent the next summer on a team of students working on a research project called “Sacred Spaces in Transition,” with Assistant Professor of Art Robert Knight and Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate. They are researching religious spaces in the nearby city of Utica, a refugee resettlement center, and Boley is getting to know immigrants from around the globe who are finding new uses for the old places of worship. The plan is to create a history of the structures.

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Billy Ford '10 in Malaysia.

A graduate’s progress: promoting global freedom

An interest in Vietnamese Buddhism drew Billy Ford ’10 to Vietnam to study his junior year at Hamilton College, and the experience set him on his career path. He now works at Freedom House, which describes itself as an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world.

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