Using Your Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Religious Studies degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Religious Studies, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities. https://www.aacu.org/leap/what-is-a-liberal-education.

Applying what you've learned through the study of Religious Studies

Religious Studies prepares students for fields related to ethics, human rights, and public health. With the department's emphasis on diverse religious and ethical traditions and their growing influence around the world in different cultural and linguistic settings, students cultivate intellectual and practical appreciation of diverse cultural-religious groups in society. Students who major or minor in Religious Studies major or minor find job opportunities in the State and Defense departments, as intelligence analysts and researchers, and with religious and other charitable institutions. Many students continue to further study in divinity, law, or the humanities.

Religious Studies majors know...

  • the teachings, philosophies, and customs of various religions, including their sacred texts, symbols, and rituals.
  • how the belief systems of one religion can be at odds with those of another, and of the multi-faceted nature of human interactions.
  • the role of religion in ancient and contemporary social developments and ethical issues, including: the changing status of women and growing acceptance of differences in sexual orientation and gender identification; questions about multiculturalism, secularism and religious pluralism; and the ways that religious traditions both contribute to and ameliorate human conflict.

Religious Studies majors can...

  • analyze the intersection of cultural, social, and religious diversity.
  • discuss with respect for diverse viewpoints the role of religion in contemporary social developments and ethical issues.
  • study and interpret religious laws, doctrines, or traditions.
  • share information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching.
  • apply their knowledge of religious traditions to inform contemporary ethical debates.