Faculty Profile

E. Allen Richardson, Ph.D
Author of Stranger in This Land, explores the challenge of growing religious diversity.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Religious studies prepares students to live and understand a world influences by four major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

Contact:

E. Allen Richardson, Ph.D.
Professor, Religious Studies
arichard@cedarcrest.edu
610-437-4471 ext. 3020

Field Work Opportunities

In addition to regular classroom instruction, many of our courses incorporate trips to Hindu and Buddhist temples or mosques so students may gain a better understanding of each religion’s principles and practices. Students have the opportunities to participate in many activities such as Buddhist meditation instruction and visit Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist temples in the area.

We also encourage students to travel abroad during their undergraduate education. Fully immersing yourself in a culture is one of the best ways to truly understand and appreciate it, which is why Cedar Crest offers trips to both India and Egypt throughout the academic year. Many of these trips are led by our faculty, who integrate classroom lessons with activities experienced abroad. This allows students to develop an even deeper understanding of the country’s culture and the influence that religion has on that culture.