Department of Religion. Collection of the Department of Religion, 1955-Ongoing. GACA Collection 382. ½ Hollinger box.
The Department of Religion collection contains department self-studies, course planning, and discussions about the program’s requirements and major. Also included is data from surveys relating to religious education. Religion has been a part of the curriculum at Gustavus Adolphus College since the very beginning.
The founder of Gustavus Adolphus College, Rev. Eric Norelius, was a pastor, and made Christian education a focus of his school. This emphasis continued through the decades with religion always being a core part of the Gustavus curriculum. Many early students went on to become pastors. For many years the department was named Christianity, but beginning in 1960 the named changed to Religion as the study of world religions increased.