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Religious Studies

As a religious studies major, you’ll take an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of religion, drawing upon humanities and social scientific disciplines and situating religious traditions within historically and theoretically critical contexts. You won’t be asked to adhere to nor explain away particular religious stances; instead, you’ll develop the intellectual tools to understand how normative claims about religious beliefs and practices are implicated in constructing and contesting various social identities, and how these claims help shape historical events.

Sample Courses

  • Black Religious Traditions: Sacred and Secular
  • Sound, Silence and the Sacred
  • Religion and Environmental Sustainability
  • Heavens, Hells and Purgatories

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive, rather they are a sampling of the data. "Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school. If you would like to more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

Approximately 2/3 of 2014-2018 graduates reported being Employed and Attending Graduate School at similar rates.

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Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Consulting/Professional Practice
  • Education
  • Government

Where 2014-2018 Religious Studies Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Amazon Federal Cloud Consultant
Cornerstone Research Analyst
E&J Gallo Winery Field Sales Representative
 NYC Department of Education   Mixed Methods Research Consultant 
Pennsylvania State University Lab Manager

 

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Religious Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Hebrew & Judaic Studies

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • MA
  • PhD

Where 2014-2018 Religious Studies Graduates Study

  • New York University
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of California-Los Angeles