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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN... RELIGIOUS STUDIES. www.sc.edu/career. re- lig -ion. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.

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re lig ion
re-lig-ion
  • Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
    • A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
    • The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
  • A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
  • A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.*

*"religion." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 07 Aug. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion>.

religious studies majors study
Religious Studies Majors Study

The variety and depth of the world's religious traditions, including their histories, scriptures, systems of belief, rituals, sacred art, and social institutions

Human perception, motivation, and emotion

How to see from multiple points of view

How to communicate thought and expression through speech and writing

Reshaping and evaluating ideas in the light of new circumstance

...and more

religious studies majors develop skills in
Religious Studies Majors Develop Skills In
  • Reshaping ideas in light of new facts
  • Recognizing patterns and errors of logic
  • Using library and primary resources to find answers to questions
  • Supporting and counseling others
  • Persevering through difficult intellectual pursuits
  • Reducing sophisticated language to comprehensive terms
  • Stating and explaining ideas verbally and in writing
employment
Employment

To increase employment prospects, it is recommended that a religious studies major:

Seek part-time, summer or internship positions while a student

Select an occupationally related minor or a second major (i.E. Computer science, finance, management, marketing, education, and english)

with additional education a degree in religion is an excellent background for
With Additional Education, A Degree In Religion Is An Excellent Background For
  • Mathematics
  • Business
  • Arts
  • Occupational therapy
  • Ministry
  • Social sciences
  • Counseling

Law

Teaching

Diplomacy

Public service

Social welfare

Publishing

Journalism

employment settings
Employment Settings
  • Business & Commerce:Includesmanagement and direction of for-profit organizations including the development of business plans, marketing strategies, product development, and human resource management.
sample occupational titles associated with business commerce
Sample Occupational Titles Associated WithBusiness & Commerce
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Project Planner
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Recruiter
  • Research Analyst
  • Service Representative
  • Underwriter

Claims Adjuster

Communications Director

Community Planner

Credit Analyst

Employment Interviewer

Lawyer

Lobbyist

employment settings1
Employment Settings
  • Communication & Journalism:

Includes print, television, radio, and Internet media. Encompasses everything from business planning and capital development to producing, researching, and writing original news or entertainment material.

sample occupational titles associated with communication journalism
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Communication & Journalism
  • Political Commentator
  • Press Secretary
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Producer
  • Publisher
  • Reporter
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer/Author

Advertising Agent

Announcer

Communications Director

Copy Editor

Director

Foreign Correspondent

Opinion Writer

employment settings2
Employment Settings
  • Consulting:

Includes historical and ethnographic research; political surveying, social/cultural assessments, designing bilingual and bicultural curricula; assessing services, training plans, and more.

sample occupational titles associated with consulting
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Consulting
  • Ethicist
  • Mediator
  • Management Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Training Specialist

Bicultural Curricula Developer

Bioethicist

Business Consultant

Community Planner

Corporate Communications Consultant

Employee Relations Specialist

employment settings3
Employment Settings
  • Social Services:

Includes among others counseling, social work, program management, public service, non-profit work, ministry, and positions in correctional facilities.

Most ministry and counseling positions requirethe completion of a special certification or degree program.

sample occupational titles associated with social services
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Social Services
  • Correctional Worker
  • Drug Counselor
  • Fund Raiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Mediator
  • Minister/Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Non-Profit Researcher
  • Police Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Service Specialist
  • Rabbi
  • Recreational Worker
  • Social Columnist
  • Social Scientist
  • Social Worker
  • Therapist
strategies for developing skills to get the job you want
Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want
  • Develop a concentration like mathematics, medical or business ethics, philosophy, etc.
  • Secure an internship, part-time, or summer employment in an area of interest

Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills

Double major in an additional area of interest

Obtain an advanced degree for teaching and research positions

strategies for developing skills to get the job you want1
Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want
  • Develop a concentration like mathematics, medical or business ethics, philosophy, etc.
  • Secure an internship, part-time, or summer employment in an area of interest

Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills

Double major in an additional area of interest

Obtain an advanced degree for teaching and research positions

resources for more information
Resources for more information

Department of Religious Studies

www.cas.sc.edu/relg

Career Center Library

http://www.sc.edu/career/Library/library.html

Religious Studies Related Websites

http://www.sc.edu/career/la/religion.html

CAS Career Development Website

www.sc.edu/career/cascdp/index.html

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Career Center Contact Information

University of South Carolina Career Center

6th Floor, H. William Close Building (BA Building)

Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-7280

On-call counseling without an appointment:

M - F, 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

(Summer and holiday hours may differ, please check the website at www.sc/edu/career)