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Major Meets Career

Religious Studies Major

Many graduates of Naropa’s Religious Studies program enter careers in writing, translating, and teaching, while many others go on to pursue advanced degrees in a range of fields.

Career Options

Potential Employers/Organizations

Career Path Preparedness

Strategies for Success

  • Sign up for the Internship class and complete an internship related to the psychology/counseling field. See the Career & Life Development office on MyNaropa for the full internship site list and for a variety of different organizations to get involved in.
  • Get involved in school leadership groups & resources i.e. SUN, the Naropa community, residence halls, CARE team, CReST, conflict/mediation support, leadership groups, etc.
  • Complete a service-learning project aligned with your career goals/path. See your COR professors & advisors for details.
  • Align your classes, curriculum, research projects and thesis/capstone projects with your career goals/path.
  • Volunteer/familiarize yourself with organizations that align with your career goals & provide the opportunity for hands-on training.
  • Earn a minor in a specialized field of interest.
  • Ensure you have taken any undergraduate prerequisites if you are pursuing a graduate degree in religious studies / international relations, etc.
  • Work with a teacher, mentor, etc. to help build your skill set and training in terms of spiritual/religious vocation areas of interest.
  • Attend workshops, conferences, MeetUps, panels, etc. to build your connections.
  • Obtain skills in business, marketing, technology to increase employment and entrepreneurial options.
  • Own your global, cultural and political skills and understanding. Leverage that in securing other careers in a variety of fields i.e. technology, business, marketing, education, government, humanitarian services, etc.
  • Understand and practice communicating the transferable and sought-after skills that you acquire from religious and spiritual studies.
  • Develop verbal, written, non-verbal and translation competencies in other languages to increase your international relations skill set.
  • Work, study, travel abroad to develop intercultural relationships, understanding, humility, and sensitivity.

Continuing Education

If you are interested pursuing a graduate degree, there are several things you will want to keep in mind while in your undergraduate studies:

  1. Academic work and the way you show up is VERY important. Put in your best effort academically and aim for a high grade point average.
  2. Relationships matter. REALLY matter. Build positive connections while in the Naropa community with faculty, staff, colleagues, etc. These relationships will continue to support you and you can ask those same people to provide recommendation letters for your graduate degree applications!
  3. Get experience! A lot of it. Either through academic, internship, volunteer or work opportunities. This will bolster your application and CV immensely!

Alumnx Spotlight

Getting connected with Naropa Alumnx is a great way to build your professional network and resources. Some ways to get involved are:

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