Religious Studies (Religion, Culture and Public Life) (BA)

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.

Degree Offered

Religious Studies (Religion, Culture and Public Life) (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Tempe, Online

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Career Outlook

The concentration provides career opportunities in a number of professional areas, in particular:

  • diversity management
  • education
  • gender studies
  • health care
  • journalism
  • languages and cultures
  • media studies

Example Careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.3%$39,270
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$68,950
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
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 Managers7.1%$101,510
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary11.6%$63,630
Directors, Religious Activities and Education4.3%$38,480
Religious Workers, All Other4.7%$29,620
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Child, Family, and School Social Workers6.2%$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).

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