Religion - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

The major in religion provides a broad academic study of religion from a humanistic point of view. It covers the principal religions of the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism. In addition, it offers courses in African-American religion and native American religion, as well as programs in classical Hebrew and Arabic. Comparative studies are strongly encouraged, the major requiring course work in two or more areas of concentration. The program is located in the College of Arts and Sciences and plays an important role in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. It treats religious studies as an educational matter only, having no doctrinal preference or denomination orientation. Its focus is on the historical, political, sociological, and philosophical aspects of religion.

Beyond the Classroom

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$60,800
Low Salary: 
$17,900
Median Salary: 
$28,800
Employers: 

Airports
American/International Red Cross
Amnesty International
Architectural Firms
Archives
Banks
Bookstores
Broadcasting Companies
Chambers of Commerce
Communications Firms
Consumer Affairs Offices
Foreign Service
Government Agencies
Habitat for Humanity
Historical Societies
Human Services Agencies
Import/Export Companies
Insurance Companies
Justice Department
Legal Firms
Magazines and Newspapers
Military Branches
Museums
Non-profit Organizations
Peace Corp
Professional Associations
Public Relations Firms
Publishing Companies
Radio/Television Stations
Research Foundations
State/Local Governments
Television / Film Industry
Travel Agencies
United Nations
United Way
US Agency for International 
Development
Visitors Bureaus
Vital Voices
World Vision
YMCA

 

Possible Job Titles: 

Career opportunities for a major in religion encompass a broad range of professions, including religious ministry, teaching, law, business, government, and law enforcement. In addition, a major in religion provides a sound basis for doing graduate work in many other academic fields.

Author
Bibliographer
Broadcaster
Civil Service Worker
Columnist
Community Service Agency Worker
Coordinator for Student Programs
Corporate Manager
Editor
Environmentalist
Ethicist
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
High School Teacher
Human Resource Specialist
Import/Export Manager
Intake Counselor
International Relations
Interpreter
Journalist
Judge
Lecturer
Librarian
Linguist
Literary Agent
Lobbyist
Manager
Policy Analyst
Press Representative
Public Relations Specialist
Publishing Assistant
Researcher
Social Worker
Travel Agent