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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies seeks to understand the creation, expression and practices of religion belief systems. This program will give you an understanding of the complex nature and function of religion within the lives of individuals, communities, societies, and cultures.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Critical thinking & problem solving: Think thoroughly and systematically, using methods of conceptual analysis, reasoning, and detailed description; logical thinking and deductive reasoning; making recommendations for global problems at a local level.

Interpersonal: Interact with diverse groups; cross cultural understanding, awareness and sensitivity; teamwork and the ability to work independently; conflict resolution skills; ability to interact with diverse groups and backgrounds.

Interdisciplinary perspective: Ability to apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines to the understanding of concepts, people and situations; exposure to different cultural environments and languages; cultural sensitivity, objectivity and open-mindedness.

Communication: Proficiency in reading, writing, and oral communication; public speaking skills, comfortable with debating ideas and persuading and influencing others; writing skills, able to explain and present ideas and data clearly; articulate, understand and explain abstract ideas; exposure to different languages.

Qualitative & quantitative research skills: Data collection, analysis and presentation in written format.

Cross cultural understanding, awareness & sensitivity: Understanding of human spiritual and social needs; ability to interact with diverse groups and apply knowledge and concepts from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds; knowledge of different religious beliefs, doctrines and practices; understanding of human behaviour from a cultural perspective.

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Advocate
  • Campus Religious Coordinator
  • Communications Advisor
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Projects Coordinator
  • Conflict Management Specialist
  • Critical Analyst
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customer Relations Representative
  • Denominational Representative
  • Diversity Consultant
  • Export Marketer
  • Family Counsellor
  • Financial Aid Officer
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Government Official Assistant
  • Historic Site Guide
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • International Development Advisor
  • Project Officer
  • Media Relations Advisor
  • Mediator
  • Missionary
  • Multicultural Liaison
  • Paralegal - Mediation
  • Parole Officer
  • Pastoral Counsellor
  • Policy Advisor
  • Public Service Worker
  • Religious Advisor
  • Religious Educator
  • Religious Publications Writer
  • Research Officer
  • Resource Liaison
  • Seminary Administrator
  • Social Services Worker
  • Student Services Officer
  • Teacher / Facilitator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth / Community Worker

Potential Industries

  • Advertising
  • Advocacy
  • Church Administration
  • Community Development
  • Community Outreach
  • Community / Social Services
  • Conflict Resolution / Mediation
  • Counselling / Coaching
  • Diversity Training
  • Cultural Studies
  • Ethics
  • Education
  • Exports and Trades
  • Family Support
  • Foreign Service
  • Fundraising & Development
  • Government - All Levels
  • Health Services
  • Heritage & History
  • Human Resources
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Industrial Relations
  • International Development
  • International Corporations
  • Library Services
  • Lobbying
  • Publishing / Multicultural Publications
  • Missionary Organizations
  • Museums
  • Non-Profit Organizations / NGOs
  • Public Administration & Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Organizations/Ministries
  • Theology
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Writing


Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318

Clubs on Campus: 

Collegium Classicum et Religio

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020