The Simpson College religion department is a very active department, both on and off campus. Students in the department are encouraged to spend time together and get many chances to do so, from campus forum events, graduate school visits, and even May Term courses.
On November 30, our four seniors presented the results of the Senior Capstone projects from 6:00 – 7:30 in the Blank Performing Arts Center. On March 31, two of those seniors, Virginia Atwell and Jesse St. Clair, presented papers in an undergraduate session at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2018, the annual department field trip will occur April 13-14 as we attend the meeting and hear both professional and student papers.
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Simpson’s Exploring Ministry program offers students the opportunity to visit graduate schools related to theological education. Additionally, each year students attend the NEXT or EXPLORATION conferences sponsored by the United Methodist Church to interact with seminary and college students from around the country as part of an exploration of various forms of ministry.
American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Field Trip
Each year, students and faculty travel to St. Paul, Minnesota, to attend the AAR-SBL Upper Midwest Regional meeting. For the past six years, two students have presented papers each year in the undergraduate session. The yearly field trip allows us to interact with each other and discuss presentations related to the study of religion. In 2018, the meeting will be held April 13-14.
Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities
A number of religion majors and minors have presented papers at the annual MUCH meeting. In fall 2017, Simpson College will host MUCH. Last year, four of our students presented at MUCH in Pella, Iowa. Below is a rare photo of Simpson students (with one librarian and one professor) at a Central College podium!
Religion Department Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception for the Matthew Simpson Lecture
Graduate School and Seminary Visits
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) Opportunities
Sikh visit to World Religions class