Career opportunities

How will studying religion help you in “the real world”? With a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, you’ll have a number of career options in the private and public sectors, as well as academia. Studying religion will help you understand the religious beliefs and ways of life of people around the world—or just around the corner.

The intense readings and discussions that comprise the courses in Dal's Religious Studies program will develop your critical-thinking and communication skills. Informal discussions and upper-level seminar assignments will strengthen your public speaking skills—useful, whether you’d like to get over your stage fright or because you’d like to follow a career requiring you to be comfortable with public speaking, such as teaching or preaching.

As well, learning about the beliefs of members of different world religions—and the rites and rituals associated with them—will help you be more mindful, compassionate, and culturally literate. As our world becomes more global and complex, the knowledge you gain from Dal's multidisciplinary Religious Studies program will only help you in any number of jobs and careers.

What will you do?

Below are just some of the careers or fields you might pursue with a background in Religious Studies (further study may be required):

  • a university professor
  • a high-school teacher
  • a social worker
  • a psychologist
  • an English as a second language (ESL) instructor
  • an international development worker in a non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • a community economic development officer in government
  • a minister or other religious leader
  • a curator of exhibitions in a museum or art gallery
  • international business, including marketing and management
  • medicine and other health professions
  • law
  • journalism or publishing