Religious studies is most commonly known for preparing individuals for pastoral ministry. However, pursuing a degree in religious studies also prepares graduates for a wide range of fields and provides them with a skill set that is desirable to many employers.
Religious studies is an interdisciplinary humanities field that is vital to The University of Findlay's general education program. It also offers a major or minor to student's wishing to focus on the area of religion.
Why Religious Studies?
Religious studies is a humanities discipline in the tradition of liberal arts education. Majors and minors in religious studies learn to read, write, speak, listen and think carefully, clearly and effectively about issues which matter deeply to everyone and all cultures:
- Life and death
- Rites of passage
- Ethical reflection and action
- Relationships between self and society
- Faith and transcendence
- Human destiny
- Vocation, meaning and identity
They also learn to study religious traditions from a wide array of disciplinary perspectives. A university education in religious studies provides graduates with a rich, versatile and valuable set of skills and habits which will serve them well in a variety of professional arenas, and which will endure for a lifetime.
A vast understanding of many religions and how they relate to various cultures allows you to develop these skills that are desirable to employers:
- Observational skills
- Research and analytical skills
- Ability to process all points of view
- Writing skills
- Critical thinking
- Tolerance of diversity
- Communication skills
- Civic minded