As a student studying religion at New College, you will be immersed in the critical examination of issues, positions and reasoning that lie at the heart of human history and religious philosophy. You will look at different societies and practices and explore everything from human meaning to ethics and values. And you will do it by using a wide variety of methodologies: literary, historical, anthropological, philosophical and sociological, to name a few. The study of religion at New College is intentionally interdisciplinary. What you will learn here is religious literacy — allowing you to dive into beliefs and practices in a variety of traditions.
Our Religion AOC draws students from all walks of life. We encourage our students to wrestle with the boundaries between academic pursuits and individual faith, helping them articulate and develop ways to be smart, strong and compassionate in a complicated world. It’s one of the reasons our Religion students graduate with the kind of critical thinking and communication skills that are attractive to a wide range of potential employers. Our graduates have become everything from lawyers and ambassadors to social workers, community organizers and more. Most pursue post-graduate degrees in religion, law or education or work for an NGO. Others have taken career paths such as entrepreneur, wine maker, graphic novel writer, illustrator, lobbyist for National Mortuary Industry, assistant for a Canadian financial services group, nutrition research; yoga instructor/business owner and software developer. For those wanting to continue their studies toward a Ph.D., our Religion students have been very successful gaining entry into a wide variety of top programs including Harvard, Boston University, Duke and Emory.
As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.
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