Religious Studies

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What is the nature of the sacred? How do the major religions of the world express and codify our relations to the holy? How do the major religions of the world speak to a common ultimate concern? And how do they differ in the beliefs they promote?

Religious Studies is available as a minor.

American Academy of Religion

Habitat for Humanity

Society of Biblical Literature



Edward A. Scott

Associate Professor of Philosophy; BA, Slippery Rock State College; MA, PhD, Duquesne University...
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Roderic L. Owen

Professor of Philosophy; BA, College of Wooster; MA, Kent State University; EdD, College of...
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Katherine Low

Assistant Professor of Religion and College Chaplain; BA, Doane College; MDiv and PhD, Texas...
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Andrea Cornett-Scott

Adjunct Faculty Member and Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence; BA, Morris Brown...
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Kenneth A. Beals

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, Wittenberg University; ThM, ThD, Boston University School of...
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Gifts That Mean The World

“My goal, as we sailed from New York on the SS Independence, was to take it all in,” said M. Elizabeth “Betty” Swope when recalling her trip to Spain through Mary Baldwin’s Junior Year Abroad program. That year, and that trip, set the...
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Students Give Back Through Social Work Program

When Rob and Sue Warfield Caples ’60 gave to Mary Baldwin College to start an accredited social work program, they left a lasting mark on the college community. In 2007, 148 students petitioned the college to begin accreditation processes for a Bachelor of Social...
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Tracy “Lolita” Burks Healy ’87

It started as an ordinary night out with girlfriends. Lolita Healy and her friends kicked back and ordered cocktails, but when the drinks arrived, Burks thought something was missing; the glasses needed color, style, and personality to match the women sipping from...
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Jessica Gatewood ’00

After earning a BA in biopsychology at Mary Baldwin and a master’s degree at the University of Richmond, Jessica Gatewood was working as a biochemistry research assistant at the University of Virginia when she reached a turning point in her professional life. Instead...
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Monique Burgess ’14

College life was not a passive experience for Burgess. Her influential roles on campus included peer mentor, resident assistant, Anointed Voices of Praise Gospel Choir singer, and member of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa — applying her...
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