Religion

Why Study Religion at Ozarks?

Some students study religion in order to work out and deepen their own faith commitments. Others approach it as a journey to a far country, wondering about what makes us human despite our vast differences in belief and practice. Still others may simply be curious about religion as one of the most powerful forces in human existence. Whatever the case, Ozarks gives you the chance to explore the great, enduring questions of faith.

Students who study religion typically enjoy a good, lively dialogue about the hot-button issues of our day. But they don’t just sit in classrooms. Students in world religions courses may visit a Shabbat service at a Reform synagogue, or observe Friday prayers at a nearby mosque. In recent years, they’ve joined with faculty for travel courses to see the pyramids of Egypt, the Ganges River in India, and the Holocaust site at Auschwitz. Students also do amazing things that put their commitments into practice, whether it’s something close at hand like leading in Ozarks Chapel, or farther away, like relief work for Syrian refugees in Greece. The possibilities are truly endless!

 

“To know God is unlike any other knowledge; indeed, it is more truly to be known, and so transformed.” Sarah Coakley

WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

Ozarks student attends regional Religion conference

Christina Paoli is excited about her major. The junior Religion major from Maumelle recently returned from a weekend in Dallas attending the 2012 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Conference, and she had a lot to say about it.

Daily book reveals little known battles for Native American rights

Clarksville, Ark. — Publishing is a part of the academic life, and in their quest for subjects on which to devote their energies, professors often find unique and little-known areas of inquiry for their books.

James has paper accepted at religious studies conference

Clarksville, Ark. — Dustin James, a senior religion and philosophy major from Wickes, Ark., has had a paper accepted by the 2010 Southwest Commission on Religious Studies (SWCRS), scheduled for March in Texas.

“If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’show integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today.”

John Kerry, former Secretary of State