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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/819-hannah-wolfe-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/50,0,516,466/7410_hannah.rev.1453903058.jpg" alt="Hannah Wolfe ’12" title="Hannah Wolfe ’12" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> While she was studying religion at MMC, Hannah interned at <a href="http://www.odysseynetworks.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Odyssey Networks</a>, an organization that uses electronic media to enhance interfaith understanding. After graduating, 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. She now serves her community as a staffing consultant at Express Employment Professionals in Reading, Pennsylvania.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/819-hannah-wolfe-12">Hannah Wolfe ’12</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/820-christian-kronsted-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/347,90,875,619/7411_christian.rev.1453903058.jpg" alt="Christian Kronsted ’14" title="Christian Kronsted ’14" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Christian 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" rel="noopener noreferrer">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. In 2015, Christian earned his MA in Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. at the University of Memphis with a <span class="lt-line-clamp__line lt-line-clamp__line--last">specialization in embodied cognition, narrative theory, and philosophy of dance.</span></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/820-christian-kronsted-14">Christian Kronsted ’14</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/philosophy-and-religious-studies/index.php">Philosophy</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/821-ashley-feith-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,0,811,811/8136_video.rev.1453903266.jpg" alt="Ashley Feith ’13" title="Ashley Feith ’13" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ashley 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" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>. Ashley, a specialty coffee enthusiast, now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/821-ashley-feith-13">Ashley Feith ’13</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-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,416,779,1196/15814_emily_inman.rev.1500911668.jpg" alt="Emily Inman ’17" title="Emily Inman ’17" 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-17">Emily Inman ’17</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>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2637-nina-carter-16"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,0,339,339/18589_Carter_Nina.rev.1532962314.jpg" alt="Nina Carter ’16" title="Nina Carter ’16" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Majoring in Religious Studies gave me a rich and thorough understanding of world movements throughout history. Armed with theoretical knowledge, and a deep appreciation for what makes people tick, believe in something greater than themselves, I can truly say my experience at MMC prepared me for what is now a very successful career in movement building and in the non-profit space in 2018. Not a day goes by that I don’t phrase things, understand things, or talk about things the way that I did in my Religious Studies courses. Religious Studies at MMC has helped me pave my own way in a field heavily saturated with smart, talented, and intersectional people.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2637-nina-carter-16">Nina Carter ’16</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, 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/2516-alanna-kearney-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,0,300,300/17757_Kearney_Alanna.rev.1527276231.jpg" alt="Alanna Kearney ’12" title="Alanna Kearney ’12" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Alanna knew early on that she wanted to major in philosophy. When she applied to law school, it became clear that this was the right choice. Armed with the skills she learned in courses like Ethics, Logic, and Philosophy of Law, and the advice of faculty member Carrie-Ann Biondi—Alanna rocked the LSAT and got into nine law schools. She earned her Doctor of Law degree from Villanova in 2015. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2516-alanna-kearney-12">Alanna Kearney ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/history-philosophy-and-religious-studies/">Philosophy</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1686-francesca-piazza-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/247,0,923,675/13601_fran_piazza.rev.1467733452.jpg" alt="Francesca Piazza ’12" title="Francesca Piazza ’12" 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-12">Francesca Piazza ’12</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>