RELIGIOUS STUDIES CAREER Outlook
The Religious Studies Program focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems and includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a religious studies major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a religious studies major, students may develop or advance skills including critical thinking, writing, reading and information literacy, presentation, cultural knowledge, ability to work well with diverse groups, listening, clarifying and questioning and presentation skills.
Graduates with a degree in religious studies can work in humanitarian services, development, disaster/disease relief, research, training and development, equity and diversity functions, communications, editing/publishing, clergy/chaplaincy, museum work and youth ministry.
Graduates with a degree in religious studies can work within the following areas: international aid and relief organizations, NGO’S, nonprofit, social service, schools/universities, seminaries, immigrant and refugee service providers.
Graduates with a degree in religious studies can work for hospitals/hospice, correctional institutions, shelters, youth organizations, churches, religious communities, retreat centers, evangelical organizations, police and fire departments.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Advocate Aurora Health
- Amate House
- American Red Cross
- Archdiocese of Chicago Retreat Centers
- Catholic Relief Services
- Catholic Theological Union
- Chicago Police Department
- Dominican Volunteers
- Habitat for Humanity
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- JDC Jewish Service Corps
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- Lutheran World Relief
- Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
- Misericordia -- Heart of Mercy in Action
- Mercy Volunteer Corps
- Vincentian Service Corps
- American Academy of Religion
- American Catholic Philosophical Association
- Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
- Religion Newswriters Association
- Religious Education Association
- Religious Research Association
- Society for Scientific Study of Religion
- American Red Cross Club
- Chi Alpha Campus Ministries
- Elected of Zion
- Muslim Student Association
- Pals for Change
- Saint Xavier Students for Life
- Service Club
- Students for Justice in Palestine SXU