College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Comparative Religion?
The study of religion is the study of the beliefs and practices through which groups of people have tried to make sense of their common experiences in the world. Academic courses in religion approach these beliefs and practices from many standpoints: in their common forms and structures; in the contexts of the cultures in which they originate; in their artistic, literary, theological and philosophical expressions; and through the insights provided by the behavioral sciences. The purpose of this course of study is to broaden the student's knowledge of religious phenomena, and to provide critical tools for understanding the structures, functions, and contexts of religion.
The curriculum for the religion major provides a broad and integrated study in the history of religions, religious thought, and religion and culture along with related hours in other disciplines. In addition, students in other majors may earn a minor in religion.
Dedication to a liberal humanistic program of study which will prepare one to think and act as a citizen and free person, rather than as a specialized functionary of society. Interest in ideas which will enrich and dignify both work and leisure.
Sensitivity to people/problems
Understanding/interpretation of other cultures/beliefs
Sensitivity to cultural perceptions/viewpoints
Understanding the present/past
Museum or archival work
Higher education administration
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
The study of religion is excellent preparation for graduate study in religion/theology, law, medicine (with appropriate science courses), social work, education and business.
Opportunities - Experiential
Summer, part time, or volunteer work in human services, businesses, or governmental agencies; independent study with a faculty member, and participation in archaeological field research
- Department of Comparative Religion (164 Upham Hall, 529-4300)
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* Career Opportunities
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