Careers 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." -- United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry
A degree in religious studies helps students cultivate valuable general knowledge, flexible and applicable skills, and insightful perspectives that help to make sense of a globalized world:
Students in this program follow a wide range of professional and scholarly career paths. In a survey of 25,632 alumni by Students Review, the unemployment rate for Religious studies majors was found to be 2.3%, far below the 6.7% average for all majors
Supermodel Christy Turlington is not just a pretty face. Turlington graduated cum laude from New York University in 1999 with a Bachelor or Arts in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy.
After wrapping up her stint on the popular show Blossom, Mayim Bialik went to college and graduated with degrees in Hebrew, Jewish studies and neuroscience. Bialik went back after
graduating and obtained a doctorate in neuroscience. Now she plays the hilarious Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair, famous American atheist activist and founder of the American Atheists and its president from 1963 to 1986.
Mircea Eliade, historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and former professor at the University of Chicago. His theory of Eternal Return was one of the most influential contributions to religious studies.
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