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Careers for Religious Studies Majors

What is a religious studies major?

Students in the University of Denver religious studies program explore the phenomenon of religion as well as religious traditions from around the world, taking an interdisciplinary and global perspective.

Students in this program follow a range of professional and scholarly career paths, leading them to graduate school in religious studies, philosophy or law, or to professions in which critical thinking and cross-cultural analytical tools are important—such as business, social work, government or non-profit organizations, and journalism.

Common career paths for religious studies majors:

Students with religious studies degrees put them to use in a range of professional and scholarly careers, including:

  • law
  • medicine
  • business
  • social service
  • teaching
  • graduate school
  • Peace Corps
  • journalism
  • editing/publishing
  • museum/archival work
  • public relations
  • advertising
  • university administration
  • foreign service/NGO work
  • counseling
  • ministry

Sample employers:

  • advertising agencies
  • consulting firms
  • colleges and universities
  • government agencies
  • non-governmental organizations
  • policy organizations
  • print, broadcast and online media
  • small businesses
  • multi-national corporations
  • museums and research institutions
  • religious institutions
  • K-12 schools

professional skills of religious studies majors:

  • ability to analyze complex issues and consider them with objectivity
  • ability to think logically and critically and make appropriate decisions
  • ability to formulate, explain, and defend positions on various issues
  • ability to focus in on a particular issue and concentrate on work for extended periods
  • ability to work independently and to contribute as a member of a team
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • broad exposure to the world's cultures and histories, as well as faith traditions