The Department of Religious Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has been awarded a grant of $30,000 from the Wabash Center to enhance the student academic experience.

The mission of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is to enhance and strengthen education in North American theological schools, colleges and universities.

Elijah Siegler

Elijah Siegler

Elijah Siegler, chair and associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, applied for the grant. “We are very excited to have been selected for this grant, which will benefit not only Religious Studies faculty and students in a meaningful and long-lasting way, but also the liberal arts mission of the College as a whole,” Siegler says.

The department will use the funds for engaged learning practices in the classroom, such as high-impact field trips to monasteries and religious retreat centers and study-away course opportunities, such as interfaith courses in Atlanta, Ga., and eco-spirituality courses in Asheville, N.C.

In addition, the grant will support study abroad courses on religious diversity and globalization as well as enable the department to sponsor a summative conference on engaged learning in the spring of 2017.