Léon Gambitta

Léon Gambitta

Religion Major

Studying religion is an important way to understand human behavior. I became a Religion major in order to expand my understanding of the way people think, based on the system of belief that they follow, including those people who have no faith. When I was in high school at a military Episcopal academy, I took two religion courses: one on the New Testament, and the other on world religions. These courses taught me to see that the academic study of religion not only illuminates human nature, but also just about every aspect of human life. My first collegiate interaction with religion was a course that I took during the SUAbroad program in Madrid in the fall of my freshmen year. That class, which focused on the three main religious clashes in ancient Spain, was fascinating. It was very interesting to learn how much influence religion has on history, and how it remains a driving force in many decisions today. Seeing the significance of the study of religion and how fascinating it can be made me want to take more religion courses. With every course I take, I realize that the critical abilities that a Religion major develops and refines can be applied to any career. In the future, I hope to earn the opportunity to teach the academic study of religion. I want my students to be able to connect to people by understanding the way that they see and function in the world. As I see it, when one looks through the eyes of another religion, one sees a whole new way of understanding life.