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What can I do with a Religion Degree?

A Simpson religion degree will introduce you to a variety of careers. You will learn to evaluate complex problems as you become familiar with texts and traditions of various religious communities. You will develop your writing and critical thinking skills and explore issues of personal integrity, moral responsibility, social justice, interreligious connections, and global citizenship as you move through the required and elective courses in the major.

Religion majors pursue careers in ministry (including pastoral ministry, music and youth ministry, and pastoral counseling), law, government, journalism, public service, social work, and teaching. Some majors work in the corporate world.

At Simpson, we have an impressive record of sending students to some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the country. Of the eight majors who graduated in 2015-16, four received full-ride scholarship offers to graduate schools, and five will matriculate in the fall, three in theological schools, one in a student development program and one in a graduate program in religious studies. One 2016 graduate is deputy press secretary for a United States Senator and the other two are engaged full-time in the workforce.


  • Direct a youth ministries program
  • Serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Run a non-profit corporation
  • Design social media for a Fortune 500 company
  • Manage a team of loan specialists at a bank
  • Coordinate shelter and food for homeless people
  • Pastor a local church
  • Minister as a hospital or campus chaplain
  • Pursue a career as a lawyer
  • Become a police officer
  • ...and successfully perform dozens of other jobs!



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