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Skills for Jobs, Skills for Life

Life needs to be lived. Facts need to be known, causes supported, decisions to be made. We urge our students to think about what they do and to become informed global citizens. This is what an undergraduate education is all about.

At the same time, we are committed to teaching vital skills that will set you apart as you apply for graduate school or enter the job market. As a major in History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, you will gain the ability to:

  •  Process and comprehend complex information.
  • Examine and analyze arguments, beliefs, actions, and practices using sophisticated theoretical models.
  • Critically evaluate different positions and perspectives.
  • Think outside the box of standard training and pre-professional tracks.
  • Express yourself, debate, discuss, and write clearly and effectively.

These skills are in great demand by employers and graduate schools. Recent majors in the program at MMC have gone on to advanced study and jobs in education, advocacy, writing, business, law, and public policy, among others. Our program lays the foundation for both personal growth and professional success.


Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/820-christian-kronsted-"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/347,90,875,619/7411_christian.rev.1453903058.jpg" alt="Christian Kronsted " title="Christian Kronsted " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> PHIL/RS major Christian Kronsted wanted to make philosophy more accessible. So he worked with faculty member Carrie-Ann Biondi and developed <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBccspWcyyU" target="_blank">Cogito</a></em>, the world’s first philosophy card game. It’s a cross between <em>Uno</em> and games like <em>Magic: The Gathering</em>. Christian wants everyone to “grow down” and think some great thoughts—through play.</p><p> In 2015, Christian earned his Masters of Arts in the Humanities in Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is currently working as a research assistant and adjunct professor. </p><header><h4 class="summary fn org" dir="auto"><a title="More details for this school" href="https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=18314&goback=%2Enpv_AAkAABbrPEwBxdSEInt3rFLjoWFnJEStG5igyGE_*1_*1_NAME*4SEARCH_VfyU_*1_en*4US_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_tyah_*1_*1&trk=prof-edu-school-name"> </a></h4></header></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/820-christian-kronsted-">Christian Kronsted </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/philosophy-and-religious-studies/index.php">Philosophy& Religious Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1686-francesca-piazza-"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/247,0,923,675/13601_fran_piazza.rev.1467733452.jpg" alt="Francesca Piazza " title="Francesca Piazza " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> While studying religion at MMC, Francesca wrote horoscopes for The Monitor, the College’s newspaper and started to fine-tune her own new age business. Since graduating, Francesca has made her business, Sister Fran Designs, a full time job and continues to write horoscopes for her local paper. Her degree in Religious Studies has greatly helped her with understanding the basics of different belief systems which has only improved her ability to market products with spiritual purpose. She now lives in Danvers, Massachusetts. Check out her website, <a href="http://www.SisterFranDesigns.com">Sister Fran Designs</a>!</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1686-francesca-piazza-">Francesca Piazza </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/history-philosophy-and-religious-studies/">Religious Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/819-hannah-wolfe-"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/50,0,516,466/7410_hannah.rev.1453903058.jpg" alt="Hannah Wolfe " title="Hannah Wolfe " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> While she was studying religion at MMC, Hannah Wolfe interned at <a href="http://www.odysseynetworks.org/" target="_blank">Odyssey Networks</a>, an organization that uses electronic media to enhance interfaith understanding. Hannah spent twelve months in South Africa with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to learn, to educate, and to immerse herself in a different form of life and now lives in Washington, D.C.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/819-hannah-wolfe-">Hannah Wolfe </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/philosophy-and-religious-studies/index.php">Philosophy & Religious Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/821-ashley-feith-"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,0,811,811/8136_video.rev.1453903266.jpg" alt="Ashley Feith " title="Ashley Feith " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> PHIL/RS major Ashley Feith ’13 pursued religious studies to learn about the diverse world we live in, and to find out what makes people tick. Her curiosity led her to study abroad in Greece. She captured her experience in a short video—and won a nationwide prize. Check it out <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR18kQ7tLR0" target="_blank">here</a>. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/821-ashley-feith-">Ashley Feith </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/philosophy-and-religious-studies/index.php">Philosophy& Religious Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2076-emily-inman-"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,416,779,1196/15814_emily_inman.rev.1500911668.jpg" alt="Emily Inman " title="Emily Inman " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The words for Emily were relatively easy to choose, given her passion for life, literature, and learning. Dante, from Canto 27 of <em>Purgatorio</em> in the <em>Divine Comedy</em>, offers some of the best parting words ever from a teacher to a student: “[We the faculty have] brought you here through intellect and art;/from now on, let your pleasure be your guide;/you’re past the steep and narrow paths…. Await no further word or sign from [us]:/your will is free, right, and whole—to act/against that will would be to err: therefore/[we] crown and miter you over yourself.”</p><p> -Dr. Bradley Herling</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2076-emily-inman-">Emily Inman </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Double-Major in <a href="/departments/history-philosophy-and-religious-studies/">Philosophy</a> and <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>