What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?
For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with
This Major” guides for philosphy and religious studies.
Some common career titles for this major include:
- Court Reporter
- Judge, Mediator, and Hearing Officer
- Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist
- Music Director and Composer
- Network and Computer Systems Administrator
- Paralegals and Legal Assistant
- Physician and Surgeon
- Postsecondary Teacher
- Rehabilitation Counselor
- Reporter, Correspondent, Broadcast News Analyst
- School and Career Counselor
- Social Worker
- Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
- Writer and Author
Other Job Titles:
- College or Seminary/Divinity School Professor
- Church Administrator
- Non-Profit Leader
For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook
for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Careers in Religious Studies
Internships and Research Opportunities
Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will
allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well
introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information,
email Dr. Anne Ashbaugh, TU Religious Studies Internship Coordinator.
Careers and Jobs
The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making
use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields
you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.
Sample Resumes and Interview Questions
For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Religious Studies Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.
Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview,
you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally,
and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online
via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.
Common industry related questions
- Why did you choose to study Religious Studies?
- Name three strengths that you possess.
- Tell us about your experience in this field. What was challenging? What was your contribution?
- Talk about your research or writing skills in relation to school, work, or extracurricular
- What motivates you?
- How do you balance your reliance on facts versus intuition?
- Describe a time where you made a major sacrifice to achieve an important goal.
- What interests you the most about Religious Studies?
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
- What 2-3 things are the most important to you in a job? Why?
Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price
membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings,
field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections
on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.