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. The curriculum for the Comparative 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.

Comparative Religion majors learn*:

  • logical reasoning
  • articulation and argumentation
  • critical analysis
  • an understanding of the present/past

Graduates of Comparative Religion may enter any career that would benefit from a strong liberal arts education. A major in Comparative Religion is an especially good way to enhance student credentials in international studies. Many majors combine their A.B. in religion with additional training in such areas as journalism, social work, law, medicine, government, or business. Some continue their education in doctoral programs in religion or other related disciplines and pursue careers in parish or campus ministry, religious education, or missions.

Career options for Comparative Religion graduates include**:

  • social service
  • teaching
  • community development
  • museum or archival work
  • public relations
  • foreign service
  • counseling

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Comparative Religion majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Comparative Religion majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.