Religious Studies

Are you fascinated by the different religions of the world and how they have come to shape human societies throughout history? Do you want to study the diversity of human beliefs and the role religion has played in helping humans understand different aspects of spirituality and the concepts of life and death? Studying Religious Studies at York will expose you to these very questions as you develop cognizance of how different societies have embraced different religions in the search for some of life’s most basic and most complex questions. You will take advantage of small class sizes, the possibility of studying abroad and a multidisciplinary academic approach to examining how and why religion has played such a fundamental role in humanity’s collective history.

Career Options in Religious Studies

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Religious Studies degree than others.

  • Activist
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Author
  • Charity Coordinator
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Clergyperson
  • Community Center Director
  • Community Developer
  • Diplomat
  • Entrepreneur
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Historian
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • International Aid Worker
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • Minister
  • Missionary
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Religious Rights Advocate
  • Researcher
  • Social Service Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Victim’s Advocate
  • Writer

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.