As an academic major in the humanities, 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. As multi-national corporations become involved in ever more areas of the globe, so does their need for the understand and appreciate cultural diversity that comes from a Religious Studies degree.
Career Paths in Religion
For many undergraduates, the noblest career choice turns out to be teaching. A religion major is an excellent foundation for teaching high school (or for pursuing graduate work in education on the way to a teaching job) in a number of different areas, including social studies, history, or English. Religion itself is part of the curriculum in many sectarian or private high schools; many teaching jobs are immediately available to talented religion majors in these settings.
Many jobs with international impact can benefit from the cultural literacy and analytical skills learned while earning a degree in Religious Studies. Many international orgnizations value the historical and contemporary context of religions and cultures that one learns in a religious studies program. Some potential employers include:
Another significant option for students of religion is a career in a profession that is directly related to a community of faith. In non-sectarian institutions, the study of religion is academic and not confessional, but it can provide an excellent basis for going on to specific training to be the leader of a religious community or one of its professional members.