The volatile conflicts, shifting alliances, immigrant migrations, rapid technological changes and international media omni-presence in today’s global economy has placed unprecedented value on discussing religious phenomena with historical perspective and cultural sensitivity.
Religious Studies is both a pre-professional course of study as well as a multi-disciplinary education in the humanities with real-world applications. That's why the program attracts students who want to make a difference in the world. They want to do something for others. And Religious Studies makes you aware of your connections with others and your responsibility to them and the environment. Religious Studies teaches students to think about the world and to imagine new possibilities. This prepares our students for a variety of career paths and choices. Our graduates have gone on to law school, into social work, into religious service and graduate school. And whatever path they take they are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to make a difference in the world. Because religion is a different matter and Religious Studies is a different department.
For those interested in the ministry or in pursuing religious studies/theology at the graduate level, the department offers a solid preparation in understanding some of the world’s most fascinating religions. Students who pursue this route may build careers as:
• pastors, priests, rabbis, etc.
• youth ministers or campus ministers
• chaplains (hospital, prison, military)
• administrators of religious organizations
For those who may be interested in other career paths the Religious Studies degree also prepares you to engage with some of the world’s most persistent and pertinent religious questions and creative responses to the human condition. This knowledge base and skills set gives students a distinctive foundation as they prepare for careers in areas such as:
• social work
• non-profits and NGOs
• health care
• publishing and media
• international relations
• public relations
• human resources
For many, Religious Studies is just an intrinsically interesting subject that is easily completed within the General Studies curriculum and that ideally complements other majors or minors in related fields. For students who pursue this route, the religious studies component of their education cultivates the following knowledge and skills:
• critical thinking and effective communication (written and oral)
• familiarity with different cultures or worldviews
• insight into how religion influences individuals and societies
Other students advance to graduate programs, where they prepare for academic careers in fields such as:
• religious studies
For more information on graduate schools, click here.