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

The BA in religious studies with a concentration in religion, culture and public life approaches religion as a mode of human culture, as 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 addresses present-day interests and prepares 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, The College of

Tempe, Online

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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
  • nonprofit organizations
  • nongovernmental 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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