The preparation religious studies offers for a wide variety of jobs and careers
The study of religion provides many occasions for personal and intellectual growth, but most departments of religion are also committed to transmitting a set of very practical skills to their students:
As many have said, our society thrives
on information. In today's multicultural workplace and global economy, basic
knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable.
In addition, good interpreters of information are in high demand. Gathering
data, organizing it, understanding it, and presenting it are vital skills
in the study of religion, and in most professions, these skills are absolutely
- In religion courses you'll gain a fundamental cultural literacy.
- You'll be trained in the skills associated with data gathering and direct observation.
- As a religion major, you are also asked to interpret and express your position on perplexing phenomena, exercising both your analytical skills and your originality.
- Your critical intelligence will constantly be tested and developed, along with your ability to empathize with your fellow human being in order to understand his or her perspective.
But success in your chosen career is not just about interpreting information:
it also depends on making connections with people. Studying religion is
about people and their many perspectives. In jobs that require relating
to others, reaching out to them, building bridges, or incorporating many
perspectives at once, a religion major will provide an excellent foundation.
Starting with a Bachelor's
degree in religion, there are many places to go. As an academic major
in the humanities (or social sciences), the study of religion is like
a history or English major; it imposes no limitations. But it also lends
its own particular strengths to a number of different career choices.
Religion majors have successfully gone on to professional training in:
Others have moved directly into
the job market, taking up positions in:
- Business (particularly
- Counseling and Social Work
To sample the wide array of possibilities open to religion majors a bit further, go to the following websites, which list the jobs landed by past religion majors:
- Event planning, hospitality,
or the service industry
- The government, foreign
service, or the Peace Corps
- Marketing and management
- Museums and the arts
- Non-profit or non-governmental