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Think before you act, and dare to be wise. Gain perspective on the art of living, the right and wrong, and ways to flourish and create the world anew. Ask your questions, hear others, and take a stance. Explore religious studies with us at MMC.
Why Study Religious Studies at MMC?
Religious Studies at MMC is an integrated program that introduces you to the depths of the world’s wisdom, but always in light of pressing contemporary concerns. Our program focuses on the thematic exploration of world religions and the global philosophical tradition, grounded in MMC’s unique New York identity. Religious inquiry is taken to the streets of NYC; our study of religion happens in the real, sacred spaces of the city. We process our discoveries in small classes and in close connection with deeply committed faculty. It all works together: in the Religious Studies program, you will explore the diverse range of people’s perspectives, gaining cultural literacy and critical thinking skills that are directed towards ethical reflection and social engagement.
What You Will Learn
- Identify concerns at the heart of human experience, especially those pertaining to the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, and values
- Articulate the way religious communities have addressed these concerns throughout history, in relation to other social and cultural forces
- Respond to these issues yourself, building on a firm foundation of cultural literacy, analytic method, and critical intelligence
The Philosophy and Religious Studies major taught me how to think critically and helped me develop reasoning skills which I use daily working in television. I find that the skills taught are easily transferable to a variety of careers. Further, the faculty were very supportive and instrumental in guiding me towards career development and growth as an individual during my time at Marymount.Kenan Hunter ’18
Class of 2018, Double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Digital Media and Video Production
Religious Studies Alumna Kiley Reid ’10 Publishes Debut Novel, “Such a Fun Age”
Reid’s New York Times best-selling novel, Such a Fun Age, has drawn significant praise for its discussions of the intersections of race, class, and transactional relationships. Set in Philadelphia, the novel follows young black babysitter Emira, who is unfairly accused of kidnapping her two-year-old charge, Briar, and the subsequent reckoning with issues of class, money, and race. The novel explores transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of adulthood.