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Religious Studies


Cody Wilson came to Purdue to study science, but a passion for helping people prompted him to change his major to sociology. Encouragement he received through the Old Masters program led Cody to participate in Teach for America and work with children in under-served communities.

Majoring in Religious Studies

The religious studies program at Purdue offers students the opportunity to investigate how the different religious traditions of the world seek and understand ultimate reality, how this understanding influences human action and beliefs about the world, and how historical contexts influence religious thought and practice. By learning about the different religious traditions of the world and their historical contexts, students will cultivate a critical appreciation of diverse religious traditions. Students will have the opportunity to study this major from the perspective of different departments at Purdue, such as English, history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.

Upon completion of the program, Religious Studies majors may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Student experiences have included:

  • Director of Christian Education
  • Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
  • ESL Teacher
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Graduate or Professional school

Average Starting Salary: $42,041

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Within the field of Religious Studies, students develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to read dense texts and synthesize information for all audiences.
  • A global/cultural awareness of the social and political relationships that shape the world.
  • Analyze situations from a broad perspective with attention to large and small details.
  • Ability to conserve and preserve manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
  • Ability to balance competing or contradictory information and ideas.
  • Proficiency with data base user interface and query software, desktop publishing software, and document management programs.

Religious Studies majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to:


  • Western Yearly Meeting
  • Centennial Peaks
  • Robert Half Staffing Agency
  • Kiddie English

Graduate School

  • University of Hawaii - Manoa
  • Indiana University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Purdue University

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