Spotlighting REL Graduating Seniors

The Department of Religious Studies will have a variety of students graduating in May after earning a Bachelor of Arts as majors in the Department of Religious Studies. Over the last four years, each senior has learned and applied social theory through various research projects, independent studies, and a number of unique REL courses. Taking classes like Religions of the World, Theories of Myth, and Religious Existentialism, students were able to shape a unique study of religion that best fit their personal interests. From Medical School to Museum Studies, the Class of 2019 has diverse plans for the application of their undergraduate studies in the Department. Several of these students are spotlighted below.

Name: Ellie Cochran

Major/Minor: Double major in Religious Studies and New College (NEW Depth Study titled Environment and Society)

Hometown: Cumming, GA

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, Ellie plans to pursue a Master of Science in Family Financial Planning & Counseling at The University of Alabama.


Name: Ashley Eggert

Major/Minor: Major in Religious Studies with a minor in Psychology (Pre-Medicine track)

Hometown: Peoria, IL

Post-Graduation Plans: Ashley plans to take a gap year, which she will spend traveling to Peru for a medical outreach program, before working within the medical community in Illinois. She will attend medical school in the fall of 2020.


Name: Leah Fontaine

Major/Minor: Double major in Religious Studies and Anthropology

Hometown: Byhalia, MS

Post-Graduation Plans: Leah will attend graduate school for Museum Studies after graduating in May.


Name: Ryan Kaye Richardson

Major/Minor: Double major in Religious Studies and Human Resource Management, with a minor in Computer Technology and Applications

Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

Post-Graduation Plans: Ryan plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Divinity and Vocational Ministry

Name: Matthew “Drake” Southern

Major/Minor: Double major in Religious Studies and Spanish

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL

Post-Graduation Plans: Drake plans to pursue his Master’s Degree in Spanish (either at the University of Florida or the University of Alabama)


Congratulations and Good luck

Religious Studies Graduating Seniors!