Major Overview

A degree in Theology and Religious Vocations, Other allows students to prepare for a career working for the church or religious organization. While students have the option to major in areas such as Biblical Studies, Religious Education, or Specialized Ministries, you may find that those more popular majors are not for you. Perhaps you want to be a religious leader for a lesser-known religion or want to focus on Eastern traditions. A degree in this field will allow you to focus on the career path you are most interested in.

You will take classes in biblical studies, religious studies, theology, philosophy, history, and sociology along with more advanced and specialized classes that will allow you to receive a degree in your narrow field of interest.

Required Skills

Students who decide to major in Theology and Religious Vocations, Other typically pursue positions working with people. This places a strong emphasis on communication and interpersonal skills. You will be looked on as a religious leader and may need to lead religious counseling sessions or help others in your congregation. This position will be a full time job and may require you to work on weekends and evenings.

Students who are interested in pursuing a career within this field should gain previous experience through a summer job, internship, or volunteering with a church or religious organization. This will give you the opportunity to shadow a professional and decide if this is the career path you wish to follow. It will also give you the chance to learn about more specialized fields within Theology and Religious Vocations.

Careers

Graduates who pursue a degree in the different specialties within Theology and Religious Vocations typically find work with a religious organization. Students may decide to become religious leaders, counselors, or work as church directors. Those with an advanced degree may become scholars and go on to research topics or teach at the collegiate level. Since this degree can lead to a variety of positions within the religious field, it is difficult to give an approximate growth rate. However, due to the important role religion plays in many people's lives, most careers are growing at an average or slower than average rate.

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