Brian McGarrity - Class of 2003
I came to Hartwick in the fall of 1999 and one of the first courses that I had signed up for was "Millennialism and Apocalypticism". Growing up I was never very religious and really had only been exposed to religion via third party encounters. This course taught me predictions of the apocalypse were common over history through varying religious factions. It really intrigued me and I loved the fact that so many people devote the entirety of their life to these ideals.
I proceeded to take several more courses offered from the religious studies department. I had no intention of becoming a religious studies major when I headed off to college, but the courses and the teachers really drew me in. The diversity among the courses allows you to focus on specific genres or gives you a chance to understand all religions of the world. The staff presented me with a broad understanding of what religion meant to people of the world and helped me discover my own religious beliefs.
The program is not meant for everybody, but if you do not decide to major it is at least worth taking one course. I got a lot of worth out of it and a lot of grief from family and peers, but in the end I would not change a thing.