What can I do with a religious studies degree?

One of the strengths of a religious studies degree is its ability to provide broad critical formation and an invaluable perspective on the contemporary world. A religious studies degree assists with the development of critical and analytic abilities, strong textual criticism skills, an intercultural understanding of both historical and contemporary religious practice and, the role religion continues to play in people’s daily lives.

Graduates in religious studies have gone on to use their degrees in an astonishing variety of ways. They have used their studies as base preparation for further careers as:

  • policy analysts
  • researchers
  • journalists
  • multicultural consultants
  • humanitarian relief workers
  • ethics consultants
  • lobbyists
  • museum curators
  • librarians
  • ministers or theologians
  • diplomats
  • social workers
  • international student advisors


“The flexibility and support of the department helped shape my education and the meaningful career path I've pursued post-graduation, as well as equipped me with the skills I needed to think critically and be community-minded in my work."
Brooke Mazurkewich (‘23)

"As a religious studies student, you have the freedom to delve into the big questions of life - the how's and the why's; our values and realities - our determinants of health in a lot of ways. This has prepared me for more thoughtful interactions with both peers and patients. During my medical studies, I constantly find myself reflecting back to concepts I learned in my undergraduate studies. The Religious Studies department is relatively small and close-knit, but incredibly diverse - what you learn touches on all aspects of life: psychology, sociology, politics and even science, so there is so much freedom to explore topics that really interest you."
Ava Sturm ('19)

"If you want to do work at the global level then it is valuable to accept that what it means to be human is informed by world views, which for most of the world are partially constructed by religion."
Corrin Bulmer (‘14)