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What Can I Do With A Major In Philosophy/Religion?

The philosophy/religion program consists of a range of courses covering traditional and modern aspects of philosophical and religious thought. Among its strength is that it offers a broad background without sacrificing in-depth experience or specialized expertise. Students in the program have the opportunity to inquire into, clarify and think about fundamental human values and problems, preparing them for a variety of careers in law, administration, business, the para-professions, communications, human service and church-related vocations.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Campus Religious Coordinator
Church Administrator
Church Camp Director
Clergy Member
Community Service Agency Worker
Congressional Staff Member
   Elementary School
   High School
   Mental Health
Employee Training Instructor
Employment Interviewer
Foreign Service Officer
Foreign Student Advisor
Grant Writer
Historical Archivist
Hospice Director
Hospital/Military/Prison Chaplain
Human Resources Manager
Intelligence Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Legal Assistant
Museum Manager
Newspaper/Magazine Journalist
Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
Public Relations Specialist
Rehabilitation Counselor
Religious Activities Director
Residence Hall Director
Social Worker
Student Affairs Administrator
Theological Professor
University/Seminary Administrator
Youth Minister

Types of Employers

Private & Non-Profit Organizations

Advertising Agencies
Childcare/Adoption Agencies
Community Organizations
Consumer Organizations
Cultural Organizations
Entertainment Firms
Health Organizations
Insurance Companies
Law Firms
Management/Consulting Firms
Manufacturing Firms
Media Organizations
Mental Health Organizations
Museum/Historical Societies
Personnel Agencies
Professional Associations
Public Relations Firms
Publishing Firms
Radio/TV Stations
Religious Organizations
Retail Stores
Social Service Agencies

Government Agencies

Central Intelligence Agency
Civil Rights Commission
Consumer Affairs Office
Criminal Courts
Department of Labor
Division of Youth and Family Services
Drug Enforcement Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal/State Congressional Offices
Foreign Service
Legislative Affairs
Peace Corps
Smithsonian Institution
US Customs Service
US Information Agency
Voice of America

Transferrable Skills

General Skills
Sees the world from the perspective of other individuals and cultures
Applies spiritual truths to current life issues
Perceives the relations among various fields of study
Senses the meaning and varieties of human experience

Research Skills
Elicits hidden assumption
Distinguishes the genre and literacy devices of a text
Summarizes complicated material

Problem Solving Skills
Analyzes concepts, definitions, arguments and complex problems
Organizes ideas, deals with questions of value, and extracts information
Distinguishes fine differences between views and discovers common ground
Generates ideas and formulates solutions

Communication Skills
Presents ideas through well-constructed, systematic arguments
Listens and responds to others objectively
Expresses a distinctive view and explains difficult material
Eliminates ambiguities and vagueness in communication

Persuasive Skills
Constructs clear information, good arguments, and apt examples
Builds and defends views and appreciates competing positions

Writing Skills
Writes interpretively, argumentatively and descriptively
Develops structure and technique while anchoring generalizations


Experiential Education

Organizing exhibits and leading tours at a museum

Working as a student intern for a religious organization

Coordinating vacation bible school programs

Developing materials to support grant applications submitted by a local human service agency

Providing leadership for a church’s volunteer program

Serving on a non-profit agency’s allocation of funds committee

Providing one-on-one care as a hospice center volunteer

Serving as a youth minister at an area church or as a chaplain at a summer camp

Assisting a chaplain in a nursing home

Professional Associations

American Academy of Religion,

American Humanist Association,

American Philosophical Association,

Association for the Sociology of Religion,

National Humanities Alliance,

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Take part in mock interview opportunities


Source: Rutgers University, Ashland University

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