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Jonathan Schmidt-Swartz

Religious Studies Class of 2015

Educational Background

B.A. Comparative Literature & Religious Studies; Summa Cum Laude and Distinction in all subjects

Ph.D. Student at New York University, Bible and the Ancient Near East

Overview

Religious Studies brought together all of my various interests into a single major. I had the opportunity to explore and problematize the category of "religion" through various disciplinary lenses: anthropological, literary, sociological, psychological and historical. The interdisciplinary nature of the Religious Studies Program exposed me to new ways of thinking, taught me to be an effective communicator, and transformed me into a life-long learner. Through the Religious Studies Program at Cornell, I gained a sense of the philosophical and moral complexity of life, and came to appreciate that the dichotomies and categories that we create for ourselves are constructs to aid in objectification.