Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
240 895 4900
mstaber@smcm.edu

Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
240 895 2159

Program Highlight

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy and a major and minor in Religious Studies. As an active and energetic department, we are committed towards an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary understanding of the world. We teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West. Departmental faculty likes to teach in a variety of venues (Nitze Program; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Studies; Asian Studies; African and African Diaspora Studies), to take students on study tours (Greece, Germany/Poland, India, Thailand, and, in the future, England and Israel), and to bring questions of global relevance to the campus communities through scheduling events with renowned speakers and activists.

Recent Accomplishments

Allison Minor (2010) has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Research Award to Morocco for 2010-2011, where she will be researching changing forms of community identity and civil society in the country. Allison plans to spend three months in a rural town in the North, a rural town in the South, and Rabat. Allison has pursued a student designed Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies major with her primary field in Religious Studies.

DurryleDurryle Brooks (Religious Studies, 2006) accepted a position as a program manager for GLBTQ with Advocates for Youth. This national organization in D.C., established in 1980, increases opportunities for youth to make healthy decisions about sexuality. Durryl conducts trainings, workshops, and presentations to national, state, and local audiences, with an emphasis on sexual health issues for Black and Latino youth.

Rachel Spivack student of Asian studies and religion, submitted an article on "Educational Reform in Burma," which will be published in the River Gazette.  A distilled version of her SMP thesis on the same topic will also appear in Scholar Works, a journal of undergraduate research.

Religious Studies Alumni

Baker, Matthew

2006

Becker, Lindsay Ann

2005

Bigelow, Gerald

2006

Bowers, Christopher

2001

Bradbard, Stefanie L

2007

Brooks, Durryle

2006

Campbell, Mary Kelly

2002

Clark, Paul Thomas

2005

Clemmer, Jill Cole

2009

Conlin, Paul Joseph

2000

Copley, Julia

2008

Crear, Lisa

2008

Cronin, Nicole

2008

DeViney, Meredith

2007

Finch, Laura Wilson

2005

Flemming, Timothy

2006

Gervais, Jennifer

2006

Gorman, Holly Rene

2007

Grundy, Jill Babson

2005

Hartman, Jessica

2009

Horsey, Allison

2009

Ingram, Margaret

2008

Lumkes, Margaret

2008

McCrae, Joseph

2000

McDevitt, Bridgette

2002

McNeel, Jennifer

1998

Minetola, Anthony

1999

Moser, Jonathan

2001

Moss, Daniel James

2006

Mull, Allison

2005

Nolle, Kacey Lee

2003

Porter, Thomas

2009

Prendergast, Alison

2005

Provonche, Sarah

2001

Pyzik, Alexander

2007

Reuben, Daniel Paul

1998

Ryder, Taghi Seth

2007

Schaff, Jarid Michael

1999

Schepp, Stephanie

2007

Schuenzel, Erin

2000

Silverman, Sophie A.

2008

Sinclair, Oscar Lewis

2008

Troescher, Dorothy

2004

Tyree, Adrian Devon

2006

Wickizer, Rebecca

2006

Williams, Litsa

2002

Wilson, Derek

2000

Ziegler, Carl

2000