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The BA program in religious studies with a concentration in religion, culture and public life approaches religion as a mode of human culture, as it is constituted in intellect, language, emotion, practice, art and everyday life. The program focuses on the role religions play in the formation of cultural identities, traditions, norms and memories, and it examines in particular the impact religions have on culturally specified ways people reason, communicate, socialize, work, entertain, dress, eat, live and die. Special consideration is given to the influence of religion on gender roles and sexual norms, the formation of images of the body and the moral assessment of medical practices, and the reflection and reproduction of religion in film, popular culture, and conventional, digital and social media.
The concentration will address present-day interests and prepare students for jobs in a variety of professions, including education, journalism, media studies, gender studies, health care, politics, law, education, migration and international studies.
Religious Studies (Religion, Culture and Public Life) (BA)
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The concentration provides career opportunities in a number of professional areas, in particular:
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||22.3%||$39,270|
|Social and Human Service Assistants||11.4%||$29,790|
|Counselors, All Other||11%||$44,830|
|Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary||15.1%||$68,950|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||14.8%||$48,040|
|Healthcare Social Workers||19.3%||$51,930|
|Broadcast News Analysts||-12.6%||$61,450|
|Reporters and Correspondents||-8.5%||$36,000|
|Public Relations and Fundraising Managers||7.1%||$101,510|
|Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary||11.6%||$63,630|
|Directors, Religious Activities and Education||4.3%||$38,480|
|Religious Workers, All Other||4.7%||$29,620|
|Social and Community Service Managers||9.5%||$62,740|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||6.2%||$42,120|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).