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 the understanding of political culture, communal formation, governance, nationalism, statehood and citizenship in both domestic and global contexts. Students explore 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)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, The College of


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Career Outlook

Religious studies majors seek jobs in many professional areas, including:

  • chaplaincy
  • diversity management
  • education
  • foreign service
  • health care
  • journalism
  • law
  • mental health and counseling
  • non-profit organizations
  • non-governmental organizations
  • public policy
  • public service
  • publishing

Religious studies is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional studies in:

  • anthropology
  • gender studies
  • health care
  • history
  • law
  • justice studies
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • sociology
  • theology

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
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Reporters and Correspondents -10%$39,370
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 12.3%$69,590
Directors, Religious Activities and Education7.1%$38,980
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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