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Religious Life Grad Finds Place in International Development
Caitlin Thistle

November 10, 2015

A religious studies major can take you many places, not only into ordained ministry.

Caitlin Newman '09 Thistle is one who took a different path—to a career in global health. Thistle currently serves as a technical advisor in the population and reproductive health office of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau of Global Health. The office works to increase access to reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, in developing countries.

Thistle, who also majored in business administration, says Susquehanna gave her the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to succeed in international development.

"We tackled big questions head-on, questions that have implications for our whole lives. My religion classes honed my critical-thinking skills, and challenged the way I approach life and view the world," she says.

Thistle, who chose Susquehanna for its liberal arts education and active religious life community, values her close relationship with her professors. She still keeps in contact with many of them today.

"From interesting documentaries to news articles, we continue to share information and learn from each other," she says.

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