Career Planning

Religious Studies - Career Planning

Career Overview for the Religious Studies Major

The Psychology Department prepares our students for careers by developing their skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, team work and leadership. We teach students to address real-world issues through the study of the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional experiences of people.

Psychology students become proficient in all aspects of the research process by conducting research in courses, participating in faculty members’ research labs, and through self-designed Odyssey experiences. Our students learn how to clearly communicate the findings of research, the content of our discipline, and their own ideas to both scientific and general audiences.

We help students identify their career interests and teach them how to achieve career goals through academic advising, coursework, internships, volunteer service, and Odyssey experiences, all of which strengthen the professional skills that our students will bring into their lives beyond Hendrix.

Internship & Career Exploration

What Can I do with this Major?

Seriously, though. What can’t you do with a Religious Studies major? Religious Studies majors go on to careers in social work, nonprofit management, law, medicine, communications, business, library science, international relations, and of course a wide variety of leadership positions in religious and religiously-affiliated organizations, among many other career paths.

For more information, visit the "What Can I Do with This Major" website by clicking the image above.

Recent Religious Studies Internships

Employment & Graduate School

Graduate School Placements of Recent Graduates

Medicine and Public Health

  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • MPH, University of Pennsylvania
  • PharmD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Religious Studies

  • MA, University of Florida
  • PhD., Boston University

Social Work

  • MSW, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • MSW, Washington University (St. Louis)

Theological Studies

  • MDiv, Boston University Divinity School
  • MDiv, Candler School of Theology (Emory University)
  • MDiv, Claremont School of Theology
  • MDiv, Duke University Divinity School
  • MDiv, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary
  • MDiv, George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor University)

Occupations of Recent Graduates

  • Associate Pastor, St. Paul United Methodist Church (Houston, TX)
  • Associate Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church (Louisville, KY)
  • Case Manager, Our House (Little Rock, AR)
  • Chaplain, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Creative Media Pastor, Cavanaugh Free Baptist Church (Fort Smith, AR)
  • Director of Food Justice, First Congregational United Church of Christ (Memphis, TN)
  • Editorial Assistant (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Language Instructor, Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (Ehime, Japan)
  • Minister for Spiritual Formation, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Austin, TX)
  • Program Director, Camp Magruder (Rockaway Beach, OR)
  • Programs Coordinator, Near North Montessori School (Chicago, IL)
  • Public Relations Manager, Veritas Group (St. Louis, MO)
  • Public School Teacher, Santa Fe Public Schools (Santa Fe, NM)
  • Publishing Manager, Taylor & Francis (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Recruiting and Logistics Coordinator, Ozark Mission Project (Little Rock, AR)
  • Resident Physician, University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, VT)
  • Website and Analytics Specialist, Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church (Little Rock, AR)
  • Young Adult Volunteer, Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteers (Santa Fe, NM)

Alumni Highlights

Wendy Anderson ’93, former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense

Karyn Kuan’13, Associate Pastor for Worship and Faith, St. Paul UMC, Houston, TX

Annie Vogt ’15, Resident Physician University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

Daniel Williams ’12 Minister for Spiritual Formation, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX