Religious Studies offer you the opportunity to study the diversity of the world's
religions, their values, history and traditions. You will receive a strong liberal
arts background and develop valuable skills in communication, reflection, analysis,
and problem solving.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
* See Training section
|Campus Religious Coordinator
|Clinical Psychologist *
||Social Security Representatives
||Social Worker *
||Urban Planner *
|Mental Health Assistant
||Volunteer Services Director
Nature of the Work
Religious leaders work in a variety of settings. They may have their own congregations
or work for a regional or national religious program. Some work in hospitals, with
the military or in prisons. Others are missionaries or perform other types of social
Professional opportunities also exist in research, educational writing and administration,
writing and editing denominational publications or working on archives.
Religious Studies majors make great human services workers in community, mental health
or residential care settings like group homes, prisons and half-way houses. Human
services workers lead groups, organize activities or offer individual counseling.
Management trainee opportunities also exist in banking, insurance, retail and manufacturing.
Places of Employment
|City, county and state government
|Department of Defense
|Health and Human Services
|Office of Personnel Management
|Social Security Administration
||Senior citizens centers
|Immigration and Naturalization Services
||Social service agencies
||Universities and colleges
A bachelor's degree qualifies you for many of the careers listed above depending on
the type of courses you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad. If you
are interested in a business-related career, you should take administrative courses.
If human services interests you, then additional courses in social sciences would
Preparation for the priesthood generally requires years of study. You may begin your
studies in the first year of high school, while in college or in theological seminaries
after you graduate.
Educational requirements for Protestant ministers vary greatly. Some denominations
have no formal educational requirement. Others require training at Bible colleges,
Bible institutes, or liberal arts colleges.
You will need a bachelor's degree or its equivalent to enroll in a theological school.
Many denominations require a 3-year course of professional study in an accredited
school or seminary after college graduation for the Master of Divinity degree.
Seminary study is required if you want to be a rabbi. Entrance requirements and the
curriculum depend upon the branch of Judaism with which the seminary is associated.
If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, you will need a Ph.D.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.