Religion

Transferable skills that Religion majors develop:
In addition to the specific subject matter that Religion majors learn, they acquire many skills that can easily transfer to any subject matter.  The following is a list of some of the transferable skills that Religion majors develop:

Ability to communicate logically
Debating  skills 
Oratory skills
Deductive reasoning
Self-discipline
Ability to pursuing, explore and explain intangible ideas
Curiosity
Ability to approach and understand cultures different from one's own
Objectivity
Reasoning with complex, abstract theories  

Possible job titles for Religion majors:  
Chaplain
College/University Official
Counselor
Director of Youth Ministries
Journalist
Librarian
Missionary
Minister
Pastor
Pastoral Services Coordinator
Priest
Professor
Psychologist
Social Worker
Teacher
Writer 

Types of employers:
Archives
Bookstores
Business corporations
Churches & Religious Organizations
Educational Institutions
Foundations
Nonprofit Organizations
Government Agencies
Hospitals & Nursing Homes
Libraries
Magazines & Newspapers
Military
Mission Boards
Public Relations Firms
Publishers
Research Institutes
Social Services Agencies 

Career Library Resources:
Opportunities in Religious Service
, by John Oliver Nelson
Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors, by Blythe Camenson 

Visit the HSC Religion Department web site or catalogue!

Other sources of information:
Visit the Career Development Office early and often, and make time to talk to professors in your major and related fields.  Ask at the Career Development Office for help locating Hampden-Sydney alums in career fields that interest you and set up informational interviews with them.  Professional associations are excellent sources of career and employment information, and many of them have websites.  Surf the internet, keeping in mind that many colleges and universities have websites for their Career Centers and for each academic major, many of which include career and employment information as well as links to professional associations and other useful websites.  Consult the following organizations and websites for more information:

American Academy of Religion
http://www.aarweb.org/