Jobs for Graduates

Getting a Job with a BA in Religious Studies

A degree in religious studies will help you get a job in an organization, institution, or company that values cultural awareness and basic job skills rather than vocational training (which, while valuable, can soon be out of date or may force you to stay in a certain career path your whole life). The skills emphasized in a major in religious studies, which overlap with those emphasized in the other disciplines of the humanities, could be the prelude to employment in almost any field (see occupations of college graduates in the Humanities; for more on the profile of graduates in the humanities, see the Humanities Resource Center Online). Graduates in the humanities score especially high on the primary business school admission test (GMAT), on the law school admission test (LSAT) , and on the medical school admissions test (MCAT). In particular, religious studies graduates gain impressive abilities in writing, researching, employing critical thinking, thinking creatively, speaking in public, working in groups, and communicating effectively; they are able to relate to people of different cultures, traditions, ethnicities, and linguistic backgrounds; and they understand the importance of religion and culture, social institutions, language, the arts, ideas, and history. These skills are essential in adapting to and succeeding in an ever-changing social, cultural, and economic environment.

A variety of careers are highly relevant to your education in religious studies. See also Religious Studies Careers, Careers/Vocations in Religious Studies, and What can I do with a major in Religious Studies. To supplement your education in religious studies and become a candidate for a job that also requires more narrow skills, consider the following practical minors and certificates offered at Chico State (docx). For information about job opportunities, see The Chico State Career Center and The United States Department of Labor—Job Seekers/Unemployed. But don’t forget that job opportunities are constantly changing: see The 2008-2018 job outlook in brief.

Internships and Working Abroad

The single best step you can take in creating a job after graduation in a career that is meaningful to you is to participate in an internship in your dream job or in an organization that you find compelling, innovative, or important. Also consider opportunities for working abroad.