Religion & Society Minor

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When you minor in Religion & Society, you learn about world cultures and beliefs as you explore Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and humanity's relationship with God. You will study the history of religion around the world, including wars and crusades and acts of charity and kindness. You’ll be well prepared for a career in ministry, counseling, or diplomacy.

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What you’ll study:

The Bible and other religious writings, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and other world religions.

What you can do:

Become a minister, a counselor, a teacher or a lawyer.

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While your major will be your primary focus of study, minors allow you to explore other interests and strengthen your future career prospects. Choosing a minor that complements your major helps in your search for a career. For example, a Business major may minor in Writing, which would signal strong communication skills to future employers, or a Nursing major could minor in Africana Studies or Latin American & Caribbean Studies, which would signal knowledge of these communities to future employers. The combinations are almost endless, so speak to a Humanities professor to see how a Humanities minor can build on your interests and strengthen your career.

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Contact Information

Nixon Cleophat
Dr. Nixon Cleophat
Coordinator of First Year Seminar, Coordinator of Religion/Philosophy
Year Joined: 2018
  • B.A.
    Salem State University
  • M. Div
    Harvard University
  • M. Philosophy,
    Union Theological University
  • Ph.D.
    Union Theological University
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1236
Office: Seibert Hall, Room 15


  • Dr. Nixon Cleophat holds an M.Phil (Master of Philosophy) and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City  (2010 & 2014)
  • Attended Harvard University and earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Biblical Studies and Political Theology (2006)
  • Earned a BA in English and Secondary Education at Salem State University’s Honors Program (2003)

Teaching Position at Bloomfield College

  • Associate Professor in Religion

Research Interests

  • Indigenous religions, including African Religions (West African Vudun) as well as African-derived Caribbean religions such as Haitian Vodou
  • Liberation theologies (Black Theology, Latin American Liberation Theology, African Liberation Theology, Womanist Theo-ethics)
  • Queer theory
  • Ecological ethics
  • Systematic theology
  • Pneumatology

Book and Chapter Publications

  • Recently, he has published “Vodou as the Embryo and Marker of Haitian Socio-historical Identity,” in Shackled Sentiments: Slaves, Spirits, and Memories in the African Diaspora, Eric J. Montgomery, ed. (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019).

He has co-authored a textbook

  • A Critical Approaches to Religion: Race, Class, and Gender. San Diego: Cognella Publishing, 2019

He is a co-editor of two collections of an anthology

  • Vodou in Haitian Memory. New York: Lexington Books, 2016.
  • Vodou in the Haitian Experience. New York: Lexington Books, 2016.

In the anthology, he also contributed two chapters:

  • "Haitian Vodou: The Ethic of Social Sin & the Praxis of Liberation"
  • "Haitian Vodou, a Politico-Realist Theology of Survival."

Future Publication

  • Dr. Cleophat relies on Haitian Vodou as a critical lens to examine the ethic of social sin and the praxis of liberation in Black Theology and Christian Realism.

Dr. Cleophat’s Likes and Hobbies

  • He loves light pink, baby (sky) blue, and white are his favorite colors. He loves different types of red wines as long as they are not sweet or sour. He enjoys taking long walks in the park. He is a decent cook. He finds cooking to be cathartic in times of stress and other life’s ordeals. When he is not in the classroom, he’s often home watching terrible reality tv shows.
Subject(s): First Year Seminar, Philosophy, Religion
Academic Committee(s): Faculty Council
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Elvis Gyan
Adjunct Lecturer
Year Joined: 2018
  • M.A.
    RIder College
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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Subject(s): First Year Seminar, Religion
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Anita Wright
Adjunct Lecturer
Year Joined: 2020
  • M.T.H.
    Princeton Theological Seminary
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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Subject(s): Religion

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