Why Major in Religious Studies?

"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that's how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."
~John Kerry,
U.S. Secretary of State, 8/7/13

Religious Studies majors go on to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields such as:

  • Business / international business
  • Journalism / publishing
  • Law Marketing and management
  • The government, foreign service, or the Peace Corps
  • Nonprofit or non-governmental organizations
  • Counseling and Social Work

Did you know?

Religious majors:

  • Rank #2 on LSAT*
  • Rank # 6 on GRE* Analytical Writing and Verbal
  • Outperform Business Majors on GMAT*
  • Humanities majors score higher than Biology majors on the MCAT*
  • Over 40% of Harvard and Stanford Business School admissions are Humanities majors

Religious Studies graduates bring valuable skills to today’s global society.

Good interpreters of information are in high demand and a basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. Collecting data, synthesizing it, and presenting it are vital skills in the study of religion and in most professions. Developing an understanding and tolerance of differing cultures and beliefs also translates well to the workforce especially in jobs that require relating and reaching out to others, building relationships, or incorporating many perspectives at once.

In a 2013 AAC&U survey employers were asked the skills they wanted colleges to emphasize. The list below shows key skills gained with a Religious Studies education and the percent of employers who value these skills.**

  • Problem solving in diverse settings - 91% of employers
  • Ethical issues/public debates important in their field - 87% of employers
  • Critical thinking and analytic reasoning - 82% of employers
  • Civic knowledge, skills, and judgment essential for contributing to the community and to our democratic society - 82% of employers
  • Complex problem solving - 81% of employers
  • Written and oral communication - 80% of employers
  • Global issues and knowledge about societies and cultures outside the US - 78% of employers


*LSAT (Law School Admission Test) GRE (Graduate Record Exam) GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)

**Source: It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. 2013. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities and Hart Research Associates. View the Key Findings from 2013 Survey of Employers on this survey and related employer findings.