"It is difficult to overstate the value that a liberal arts education provides. As a double major honours student in the department of Psychology and Religion and Culture, I can say that it is not only the sciences that can provide students with applicable ‘real world’ skills. Through my BA in Religion and Culture, not only have I gained knowledge in a variety of areas of interest, but I was also given the opportunity to hone my skills in reading, writing, research, communication, interpersonal relations and critical thinking. Since we are living in the era of globalization, these softer skills have become more relevant as they are the base for which dialogue can occur – both within the workplace and out.
"For students who are interested in an education that provides opportunities for full engagement within the realm of a university and in life as a whole, I suggest the BA in Religion and Culture."
"Taking a course called the Hindu Tradition during my second year at Laurier ignited a passion for all things religious that will never leave me. I knew after completing that course that I would declare Religion and Culture to be my second major, and I soon benefitted from high-quality teaching, supportive faculty, and a diversity of scholarship. Courses on Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity widened my perspective and appreciation of these traditions and the cultures they are a part of.
"The degree culminates in a capstone course that requires students to design an independent research project over the course of two semesters, and it was through this course that I more deeply explored my interest in Christian asceticism that I had developed in the years prior. On a personal level this project was rewarding because it was entirely my own, but the length and challenge of the project also allowed me to cultivate the transferable research, writing, and presentation skills that were needed in the graduate program I completed subsequently.
"As a graduate student of political science and international development, the knowledge I acquired at Laurier gave me a crucial perspective on the continuing importance of religion and culture in these fields, and I will always take them into account as I continue my career."
"The BA in Religion and Culture at Laurier was an enriching and inspiring undergraduate experience. The program's spirit of curiosity encouraged me to challenge my assumptions, find more questions than answers, analyze critically, write thoughtfully, and listen attentively. Through my studies, I cultivated my ability to distill and communicate complex ideas. The small class sizes created an environment for engaging, meaningful conversations and debates not only with peer students, but also directly with professors.
"Religion and Culture also reinforced the importance of learning about the social, cultural, and political contexts that affect our experiences and opinions. These skills and sensitivities formed a strong foundation for my work as a researcher, writer, and educator in corporate, academic, and public sectors.
"On a personal level, Religion and Culture afforded the opportunity and focused time to be introspective: as I read about and reflected on the varied ways that people around the world mark life events, navigate transitions, and make sense of their existence, I articulated my own aspirations."
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