Why Choose Religious Studies?


The religious studies curriculum invites students to challenge their own ideas about religion by seeking to understand the religions of others. The cross-cultural engagement of the religious studies major prepares people for countless careers. Traditionally, the religious studies curriculum has been seen as preparation for religious ministry, but students in the major can apply their cross-cultural awareness to a wide range of professions. The major also prepares students with a firm scholarly foundation for graduate studies. 


Religious studies majors develop valuable research skills for analyzing the most challenging questions of society. Courses in the major foster methods and a vocabulary for understanding the complexity of religion, recognizing that religion appears in theological, artistic, economic, political, and many other dimensions of life. These dimensions require many approaches, and religious studies faculty encourage students to hone their methods in all the attendant disciplines, such as psychology, sociology history, linguistics, theater, music, and others.


Not only does the religious studies curriculum address a variety of complex religious issues, like relations between Islam and the West, but it also develops practical skills within the various disciplines of history, language, psychology, and sociology, which students need to succeed in their careers as well as in their life as citizens. Thus many Bradley students pursue religious studies as a second major that rounds out various courses of study because they realize the relevance of religion to all aspects of life. The religious studies major complements a wide variety of career goals, some of which are listed below. 

Careers for Religious Studies majors

Some religious studies majors move directly into the job market, taking up positions in:

  • Event planning, hospitality, or the service industry
  • Government, foreign service, or the Peace Corps
  • Marketing and management
  • Museums and the arts
  • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations
  • Publishing

Others undertake further graduate or professional training for professions in:

  • Business (particularly international business)
  • Counseling and Social Work
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • Medicine

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