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Explore what previous IUP students have gone on to do after receiving a degree in Religious Studies.

Nicole MillerNicole Miller '10

Nicole is a life-long resident of Indiana, Pa., who loves the small town scene, soccer, and the outdoors. She graduated from IUP with a major in anthropology and a minor in religious studies. She chose the religious studies minor because, she says, “I am . . . blessed with natural curiosity and a love of reading, especially on different religions.” At IUP, she thought the Religious Studies faculty “cultivated a love for asking the higher questions” about life.

After her graduation, Nicole worked in the loans department of a local Indiana bank, and debated whether or not to attend graduate school. When she decided to start applying to a few schools, she looked to IUP faculty for their support and their help in determining which schools would be a good fit. She is happy to announce that she was recently accepted into Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary School to get a Master of Arts degree in Religion, and will begin there in Fall 2013. Nicole is looking forward to eventually attaining her PhD and becoming a religious studies professor.

Rachael GossRachael Goss '03

After graduating with a BA in religious studies in 2003, Rachael worked as a director of Religious Education for a Unitarian Universalist church. She was also employed for a time as a social worker serving the homeless population, and as a community organizer on a campaign to end the death penalty in Pennsylvania. In 2006, she earned a master’s degree in sociology at IUP, and decided then that teaching college was what she enjoyed most. Rachael now teaches Sociology as an adjunct instructor at IUP and at various universities in Pittsburgh. She says, “My education in religious studies prepared me for these various jobs in a number of ways, namely, to think carefully and reflectively about people who are different from me. It also developed critical thinking and writing skills that I now use everyday in my academic life.”

Tim DeBoldTim DeBold '03

Tim graduated from IUP in 2003 with a BA in religious studies. Since then, he’s been working toward a career in academia, earning an MA in Jewish Studies from Emory University in 2005, and an M.St. in Jewish Studies from Oxford University in 2007. He is now starting to write his dissertation to complete a PhD in religious studies at Stanford University.

“The Religious Studies Department at IUP provided me not only with a solid intellectual foundation for graduate level research, but the faculty also served as an inspiration for me to enter the field of academia," Tim says. "The dedication both to teaching and to creating a close-knit community in the department made for an incredible experience both socially and intellectually.”

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