Religious Studies (BA)

Religion is an important part of most human experience. Religious understanding informs and shapes politics, literature, philosophy, art and science as well as the daily life of millions around the globe. An understanding of religious traditions is critical to understanding our shared past and present and to navigating toward our shared future.

Students who pursue the BA program in religious studies come from a wide diversity of faiths, cultural backgrounds and intellectual interests. What many find fascinating and exciting about religious studies is that it draws from a wide variety of disciplines --- history, philosophy, anthropology, literature, political science and theology, to name a few. Course offerings reflect a diversity of approaches (historical, anthropological, ethical and theological); regions (North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia) and traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Native American traditions).

Degree Offered

Religious Studies (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Tempe, Online

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Career Outlook

Students interested in careers in local, state, regional and national communities find transdisciplinary encouragement and support in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in religious studies. Students who are attracted to international study find the undergraduate program rich in multicultural coursework and study abroad opportunities. Religious studies students find many opportunities for practical experience leading to careers in the academic study of religion, in public service, in governmental and nongovernmental agencies and in professional careers in a variety of organizations, including all of the helping professions.

Religious studies graduates have gone on to careers in such fields as diplomacy, development and teaching. Other students have pursued professional degrees in areas such as law, public policy and counseling.

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 Workers, All Other3.8%$59,100
Business Intelligence Analysts 3.3%$83,410
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents-1.2%$79,870
Financial Analysts 11.7%$78,620
Intelligence Analysts -1.2%$79,870
Labor Relations Specialists-7.8%$56,950
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 18.6%$61,290
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Healthcare Social Workers 19.3%$51,930
Museum Technicians and Conservators5.2%$39,940
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary11.6%$63,630
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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