The Liberal Arts and the Job Market

aacureportHave you seen the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ report, “How Liberal Arts and Science Majors Fare in Employment“? Released near the end of January 2014, it’s conclusion states: Continue reading

A Great Start to a New Annual Event

photo 2-1Yesterday evening the Department hosted its first annual REL Honors Research Symposium that showcased our undergraduates’ own independent research. Our panelists Andie Alexander (a grad of REL), Jordan Atkinson, Seth Cox, Wesley Davidson, and Katelyn Smith presented their research—most of which was produced as a final paper for different courses in the department—on varying topics ranging from history and narrative, to religious/social identification, redefinition, and inter-generational differences. Continue reading

A Big Thumb’s Up

How confident are we that the students and grad presenting today at our inaugural undergraduate research symposium will all do a great job?thumbsupThat’s how confident.

See you at 3:30 at the University Club (upstairs).
And dress up a bit. Chuck Norris would.

Coming Soon…

richardkingOn March 4, 2014 at 7:00pm in Gorgas 205, Dr. Richard King, University of Kent, will be presenting his “From Mysticism to Spirituality: Colonial Legacies and the Reformulation of ‘the Mystic East” for the 12th annual Aronov Lecture for the Department of Religious Studies. Prof. King’s work focuses on the history of European colonialism and the study of South Asian cultures, histories, and traditions. He also has a particular interest in Indian philosophical thought in the period between 200-900 CE and especially the formation of various Mahayana Buddhist schools. Continue reading

ar·ti·facts with Prof. Russell McCutcheon

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Prof. Russell McCutcheon discusses his view on choosing relevant ar·ti·facts and what’s truly worth talking about. Take a look… Continue reading

Getting Our Hands on an Ungraspable Totality

asadHave you read Craig Martin‘s new interview with Talal Asad, just published in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion? Continue reading

It’s Not Always About Credentials

googleofficesOne of our faculty posted this article the other day — “Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates” — and I thought it worth re-posting here. In the article, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, discussed the qualities that the company seeks in people they hire: “And increasingly, it’s not about credentials.” Continue reading


artifactsar·ti·facts is an ongoing series showcasing different items of interest in the offices of our faculty. These minute long, shelf-stories highlight various items that bear some significance or importance to the professor and his/her role in the department.

Did you miss any of the videos in the first series? If so, check out the links below. We also have several more in the works, so stay tuned for more ar·ti·facts videos!

Season 1
Mike Altman
Eleanor Finnegan
Steve Jacobs
Russell McCutcheon
Steven Ramey
Sarah Rollens
Merinda Simmons
Ted Trost

Season 2
Sarah Rollens
Mike Altman
Eleanor Finnegan
Merinda Simmons
Steven Ramey
Nathan Loewen

Looks Like We Need a White Banner This Year

silversteinThe recipients for the Department’s Silverstein Scholarship have been announced — letters were sent and, so far as we know, they’ve all been received by now. So we’d like to announced that this year the awards go to: Continue reading

Liberal Arts Student Finds Gainful Employment

gradsYes, that’s our own Chris Scott — crimson cap, bottom right — in an Associated Press photo of UA’s 2011 graduation.

He reports that this pic has so far been used online as a stock graduation photo by NPR, The Blaze, and Jezebel. He’s therefore let us know that he is willing to play the role of a university graduate, even a student (say, reading on the grass of a quad, smiling while drinking coffee in a library, studiously listening to a lecturer just off camera, etc.). He is able to play any and all majors (in a lab coat holding a test tube, wearing a tweed jacket with elbow patches, or using a calculator with a pencil behind one ear), and is open to appearing in publicity photos for a variety of non-profits and even a few corporations.

In fact, he’s already landed a second gig (back row, on the left — look for the bow tie).

Chris Scott graduated from UA in 2011 with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Philosophy. Since completing an MA in Arab Studies at Georgetown University in 2013 (preparation for which included traveling to Jordan in 2010 with the Critical Language Scholarship Program), he has worked as Program Coordinator for the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project at the Institute of International Education, as well as at the Kuwait-America Foundation. So a modeling career would be on the side.