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Religious Studies

Religion has always been a part of the human experience. No matter what culture or background you come from, religion probably plays some role in your own life. There are many different religions, each with their own denominations and sects. If you have a deep commitment to your own faith, or indeed if you have an interest in history, you should consider a path in religious studies. Religious studies could place you in a position to further your spiritual aspirations while helping your community in various ways and perhaps bettering the human condition as a whole.

Variety in Religious Studies
If you pursue religious studies, your typical duties would vary depending on your beliefs, but might include creating services and programs of worship, writing sermons or lectures, and counseling people in your community. You might conduct marriage or funeral services and organize or set up community outreach programs. If you are interested in helping the less fortunate, you might work in a prison or hospital, giving counsel and spiritual advice, or create community aid programs, such as distributing food to the poor. You also have the option of teaching, perhaps in a private school or institution.

Religious Studies Training and Education
Your education will also vary greatly depending on your faith. Formal education requirements in religious studies vary greatly, so you should consider what type of path you wish to take. In many faiths, ordination requires a bachelor?s degree in theological or religious studies or higher, coupled with post-graduate study in a religious setting. Becoming a rabbi, for example, usually requires at least five years of study in a seminary, while admission to that seminary requires a university degree.

Publish date: February 10, 2011