Career Services

Religious Studies

 

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

International Areas

Sub-Area:

  • Humanitarian Services
  • Development:
    • Economic
    • Community
  • Disaster/Disease Relief
  • Policy Development
  • Program Administration
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Peace Keeping or Peacebuilding
  • Conflict Resolution/Management
  • Diplomacy/Faith Based Diplomacy
  • Public Service:
    • Foreign Affairs
    • International Security
  • International Law

Employers:

  • International aid and relief organizations
  • NGO's (Non-governmental Organizations), e.g. Amnesty International
  • Nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations, .e.g Vital Voices or Habitat for Humanity
  • Federal government agencies with an international focus, e.g. Peace Corps, USAID and the Foreign Service (State Department)
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Humanitarian organizations, e.g. International Red Cross and CARE
  • Religious organizations, e.g. World Vision
  • National Security Council
  • United Nations
  • Think tanks

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Student Affairs Administration
  • Multicultural Programming
  • Programs/Study Abroad Administration
  • Library/Information Sciences
  • Religious Life Programming
  • Campus Ministry

Employers:

  • Secondary schools
  • Private, public or religiously affiliated colleges and universities
  • Schools of theology/seminaries
  • Organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ, Muslim Student Association, Hillel
  • Buddhist Monasteries, e.g. Chuang Yen Monastery

Area:

Business

Sub-Area:

  • Human Resources:
    • Training and Development
    • Recruitment
    • Equity and Diversity Functions
  • Sales
  • Management

Employers:

  • Insurance firms
  • Retail stores
  • Banks
  • Staffing agencies
  • Service industries
  • Other large corporations

Area:

Communications and Arts

Sub-Area:

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Television/Film
  • Radio
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Commercial Art
  • Website Design
  • Museum Work:
    • Curatorship
    • Exhibition Design

Employers:

  • Secular publishing houses
  • Secular radio, television and film producers
  • Newspapers
  • Denominational boards/agencies
  • Interdenominational organizations
  • Denominational publishing houses of books and magazines
  • Local churches, synagogues and mosques
  • Advertising and public relation agencies
  • Museums
  • Galleries

Area:

Social Services

Sub-Area:

  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Rehabilitation
  • Administration
  • Vocational Training
  • Volunteer Services
  • Programming
  • Advocacy
  • Crisis Services (pregnancy, housing, etc.)
  • Church-based Organizing/Community Development
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Law

Employers:

  • Nonprofit and social services organizations including United Way, Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, etc.
  • Immigrant and refugee service providers
  • Migrant service providers
  • Hospitals and hospices
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Correctional institutions
  • Shelters
  • Nursing homes
  • Youth organizations and camps including YMCA, YWCA, Young Life, etc.
  • Churches, synagogues and mosques
  • Lobby agencies

Area:

Religiously Affiliated Areas

Sub-Area:

  • Clergy and Other Religous Leaders Including:
    • Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Islamic, Hindu, Greek Orthodox
  • Vocation as Monk or Nun
  • Chaplaincy:
    • Military
    • Institutional
  • Mission Work:
    • Church Development
    • Community or Agricultural Development
    • Educational
    • Medical
    • Metropolitan
    • Evangelism
  • Local Ministries Including:
    • Youth Ministries
    • Adult Ministries
    • Leisure Ministries
    • Counseling/Recovery
    • Religious Education
    • Day Care, Children and Adult
    • Food Bank/Emergency Ministries
    • Family Life Center Management
  • Music-Oriented Ministries
  • Religious Camp Administration

Employers:

  • Local churches, synagogues, mosques
  • Religious organizations
  • Religious communities, e.g. convents and monasteries
  • Religious retreat centers, Christian and Buddhist
  • Denominational boards and agencies
  • Monasteries
  • All branches of military service
  • Hospitals, hospices
  • Homes for children, youth, senior citizens
  • Correctional institutions
  • Police and fire departments
  • Missions boards
  • Local churches
  • Evangelical organizations e.g. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • Religious-based camps and youth programs

General Information and Strategies

  • Religious studies equips students with an understanding of global issues and trends in both historical and contemporary contexts. This understanding of multicuturalism and interculturalism is valued by a wide variety of employers in many industries including education, government and business.
  • Student who seek international careers may find that religious studies provides a good background in global issues.
  • Many transferable skills such as analyzing and synthesizing data, research, communication skills and critical thinking are associated with the religious studies degree.
  • People who major in religious studies may or may not consider themselves "religious." Expertise in religious ideas can be a plus for secular work environments as well as more traditional religious ones.
  • An undergraduate degree prepares students for professional and graduate study in business, law, medicine, counseling, higher education andother fields. Be sure to check for prerequisite classes needed to enter various graduate programs.
  • Obtaining relevant experience through internships or volunteer experiences is critical to finding employment opportunities. Dual majors or minors can also help open the door in some fields.