Nathan Williams has always been curious about what motivates people

“The study of religion helps you understand why people do what they do, what they value, and how they view the world,” says Williams.

Nathan Williams

Williams coupled this interest in religion with a desire to answer some of life’s basic philosophical questions: Who am I? How should I treat others? What is it like to live a good, fulfilling life?

According to Williams, “These are questions that we all should all ask ourselves. It is a joy to discuss them with such great minds at Towson.”

Originally a business major, Williams transitioned to a combined major of philosophy and religious studies with the help of Professor Anne Ashbaugh, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

My journey at Towson has taught me to appreciate different world views and to understand it is okay to disagree when you come from the vantage point of working together. ”

Nathan Williams

“I was concerned about getting a job after college,” recalls Williams. “She opened my eyes to what you can do with this major, including working as a teacher, tutor, counselor, minister or in the human resources field.”

Williams confirms the major has helped him hone one of the most sought-after skills by employers today: critical thinking.

Nathan Williams and Professor Anne Ashbaugh
Williams and his mentor, Professor Anne Ashbaugh

A participant in Campus Crusade for Christ and the Secular Student Alliance, Williams acknowledges, “My journey at Towson has taught me to appreciate different world views and to understand it is okay to disagree when you come from the vantage point of working together.”

He will always value the faculty experiences and friendships he made at Towson. “Faculty take time to connect with you as a person, to learn more about you, to talk about your assignments as well as your future,” says Williams. “And the friends you meet as an undergraduate will be your friends for years to come.”

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