Religious Studies (Religion, Politics and Global Affairs) (BA)

The BA program in religious studies with a concentration in religion, politics and global affairs considers how the study of religion expands our understanding of political culture, communal formation, governance, nationalism, statehood and citizenship in both domestic and global contexts. The program explores the role religion has in shaping political values, social movements, civic organizations and communal norms, with particular attention on how religion impacts issues of health, the environment, migration, peace, conflict, violence, and various issues of social justice. Special consideration is given to the religious intersections of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender and other vital facets of human community and identity.

Degree Offered

Religious Studies (Religion, Politics and Global Affairs) (BA)
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Career Outlook

The concentration addresses the intersections of religion, politics and global affairs, preparing students for jobs in a variety of professions, including political organizing, legal advocacy, migration studies, ethics, international affairs and administration.

Specific career opportunities include:

  • advocacy
  • education
  • governmental or nongovernmental organizing
  • journalism
  • publishing

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 23.2%
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Copy Writers7.6%$61,820
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Healthcare Social Workers 20.1%$54,870
Broadcast News Analysts-0.4%$62,910
Reporters and Correspondents -10%$39,370
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 12.3%$69,590
Directors, Religious Activities and Education7.1%$38,980
Religious Workers, All Other7.7%$29,310
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380

* 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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