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What can you do with a B.A. in Religious Studies? Take a look at the options!

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 – like business, social work, government or non-profit organizations, and journalism.

Career paths: What do DU's RLGS majors and minors do after graduation?

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

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Business
  • Social Service
  • Teaching
  • Ministry
  • Graduate School
  • Peace Corps
  • Journalism
  • Editing/Publishing
  • Museum/Archival Work
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • University Administration
  • Foreign Service/NGO Work
  • Counseling

Sample employers: Where do RLGS majors and minors work after graduation?

Students with Religious Studies degrees find positions with a variety of employers, including:

  • 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

Transferable skills: What do DU's RLGS majors and minors offer employers?

Students with Religious Studies degrees offer employers a range of transferable skills, including:

  • The ability to analyze complex issues and consider them with objectivity.
  • The ability to apply flexible problem solving skills to real-world issues.
  • The ability to think logically and critically and make appropriate decisions.
  • The ability to formulate, explain, and defend positions on various issues.
  • The ability to focus in on a particular issue and concentrate on work for extended periods.
  • The 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.
  • Broad knowledge of the world's major faith traditions, including beliefs, practices, and holidays.

Thinking about life after graduation?

CAHSS and DU Career Services have a number of options for helping you think about life after DU, including dedicated CAHSS career advisors and drop-in advising hours in Sturm. Check out the CAHSS webpage or contact our Undergraduate Adviser, Assistant Professor Ben Nourse.

Work-Study Opportunities

RLGS hires many work-study students each year for various positions (administrative assistants, social media/events assistants, research assistants, instructor's aides, etc.). If you have a work-study award and are interested in working for the department, please email for more information. Unsure if you qualify for work-study? Contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 303-871-4020.

Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Program

RLGS has launched an internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Students can intern at local non-profit, educational, or non-governmental institutions, using the for-credit option detailed below or as an extracurricular option.

The Internship in Religious Studies (RLGS 2980, 3980, or 4980) is designed to provide undergraduate majors and minors, and graduate students in our M.A. and joint Ph.D. programs with valuable experience in non-profit, educational, faith-based, governmental, and related organizations. It helps students translate the knowledge and analytic skills learned in RLGS courses into a professional context, while exploring potential career paths and professional opportunities. Students interested in pursuing an internship must meet with the Undergraduate Adviser at the start of the previous quarter to discuss internship goals and identify potential placements.

Summer can be an ideal time to pursue an internship. Internships do not need to be in the Denver area: students may pursue approved internships anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Please note: internships may be taken for credit or may be pursued as an extracurricular activity. Both options will help students gain valuable real-world experience and build their resumes.

Sample Internships

RLGS internship placements can include a variety of organizations and foci. Students interested in pursuing an internship should contact Undergraduate Adviser Ben Nourse to discuss their interests and goals.

Placements in the Denver area may include non-profit organizations like the Abrahamic Initiative, which works to foster understanding of and appreciation for the three Abrahamic faith traditions. They may also include schools like St. Elizabeth's, which focuses on providing opportunities for academic, social, spiritual, and artistic growth to a socio-economically diverse student body. Other current internship opportunities include Denver Sister Cities International and Women4Women Knitting4Peace.