Grad Tales–50th Anniversary Style

The Department recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a series of events and guest lecturers, and along with those guest speakers, we brought back a few of our grads to share their thoughts on how their time in REL impacted them–and how the tools they learned here are still being used in their day-to-day lives. Continue reading

The #GradTales Audience: Reflections From Current Students


As you may be familiar one of our events here in REL is the Grad Tales Event: Here and Back Again. The department invites a former REL major to talk about their experience before and after graduation, in hopes that they can help current students think not only about their place in the university but also how to make the best out of it; to think creatively about the courses they take in the humanities in general, and how to put that knowledge in good use after their graduation. In our last Grad Tales event we invited a recent graduate, Alexis Poston, to the task and Prof.Touna asked the students of her REL100 class to attend the event and write a brief paragraph with their thoughts regarding the talk. What follows are some of those students’ reflections. Continue reading

It’s Time for a Grad’s Tale!

gradtalekharacrowdIt’s that time of the year again, that’s right, A Grad’s Tale: There and Back Again is coming up! This series welcomes back UA graduates who have majored in Religious Studies to learn how the major has benefited them in post-graduate life. This semester’s installment is this coming Thursday, February 4th with Lexi Poston (with Prof. Jacobs interviewing her!), so be sure to join us in the Anderson Room (302) of the Ferguson Center at 7:00pm! Continue reading

Grad Tales are Back Again!


The REL Department is heading into November with the startup of A Grad’s Tale: There and Back Again! This series welcomes back UA graduates who have majored in Religious Studies to learn how the major has benefited them in post-graduate life. This year’s first installment begins this Thursday with Khara Cole, so be sure to join us in Smith Hall Room 205 at 6:30 pm!


Khara earned her B.A. in Religious Studies and Public Relations in 2013 at the University of Alabama. Since graduating, Khara has taken a job as an associate product manager with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee while also pursuing an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She’ll be talking about how the critical thinking skills she learned from Religious Studies are helping her in the business world.

To learn more about Khara or the event, you can view the flyer here.

You can also read a blog post by Khara here, or another one here.

A Grad’s Tale with Hannah Hicks


The Department of Religious Studies is continuing its speaker series, There and Back Again: A Grad’s Tale, and the first installment of the semester is soon to come! Join us on Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 pm in the Anderson Room of the Ferguson Center (Room 302) as recent grad Hannah Hicks discusses life after graduation.


Hannah earned her B.A. in May 2013. She was a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Hannah is currently in her second year of law school at the University of Alabama School of Law. Hannah will reflect on her time in REL and how she has transitioned into law school.

After she graduated, the University wrote a feature on Hannah, which you can read here.To watch a video of Hannah discussing her time as an undergraduate, click here.

For more information about the series and past speakers, check out our webpage here.

If you can’t be at the event follow it on Twitter by following us at @StudyReligion and the hashtag #GradTales.

A Grad’s Tale Tonight: Ask Questions & Follow the Conversation with #GradTales

thereandbackWe are happy to welcome another Religious Studies graduate back to talk about life after college. Samantha Bush will be joining us to reflect on her time in REL and the skills she learned in our department that have translated to her career after graduation.


Also, follow the conversation tonight and tweet us your questions for Samantha throughout the day today and tonight at @StudyReligion using #GradTales. See you tonight at 6:30 in the Anderson Room (205) of the Ferguson Center.