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 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
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
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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