More and more in the present age, a sensitivity to others is demanded of us, one which is borne out of the need to recognize differences. Those differences are often felt most obviously along the lines of religion.
Using the world's religions as a lens, Religion students at Concordia will view the whole arc of civilization – including philosophy, literature, sociology, psychology, history, art, and others. The end result is a well-rounded graduate, ready to apply their broad and deep understanding of human motivation to any vocation they choose.
What are you going to do with a religion degree? As stated above in the quote from John Kerry, people of faith can be influential in the world. A religion degree provides students with a rich background in cultural literacy. By exploring comparative religious beliefs students dig into complex issues that touch every facet of human existence, utilitizing analytical skills and requiring deep, critical thinking. Majoring in religion does not necessarily lead to a religious career or becoming a professional church worker. It can . . . but more likely it leads to opportunities in a variety of fields, including: higher education, non-profits, law, social work, counseling, advocacy work, care-giving, business, journalism, medicine, foreign service and international development organizations. Many employers look for workers who have a good grasp of cultural diversity. Religion majors grabble with values and ethics and how to apply them across the human experience. Religion majors study religious beliefs, but they also learn how to interact with different points of view, build bridges, incorporate different perspectives and effectively work across cultural boundaries.
The Concordia Religion Department is relatively small providing students with an intimate, engaging learning environment. Full time faculty members have a wide range of specializations with significant international experience. Classes are challenging and rigorous, incorporating numerous opportunities to develop servant leadership skills.
A religion degree can also lead to a career as a professional church worker. A strong focus on biblical and classical languages is a unique and very strong feature of Concordia’s religion program, making it stand-out from other religion programs in the Pacific Northwest. The department utilizes some parish pastors to teach courses providing access to real world experiences. And our Lutheran heritage, which is not just definitive of our past but also of our present, enables Concordia to provide one of the finest undergraduate religion degrees in the Pacific Northwest. Check us out!
- Why religion? Most people associate a degree in religion with a future in church work, perhaps as a pastor or professional church worker. But many career opportunities exist for a religion major: teaching, non-profits, law, social work, counseling, advocacy work, care-giving, business, journalism, medicine, foreign service, international development organizations.
- More and more employers are recognizing the depth and breadth of sensibility and cultural awareness that comes with an education heavily weighted in all matters religious. This is because beyond the issue of religious differences noted above, it is a simple fact that much of American culture finds its roots in religion, often Christianity. And religion plays a major role in cultures around the world. Religion deeply impacts nearly every aspect of our planet.
- If you’re planning on pursuing graduate work, the paths are very broad after a degree in religion. Students are prepared in a variety of areas making it possible to branch off and specialize in: history, textual studies, languages, art, world religions, public policy, international relations, law, philosophy, economics, global studies, and more.
“The theological education I received at Concordia University truly showed me how to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I received more than just an education; I was trained in the way of the great theologians who came before and was 'discipled' in the way of Jesus Christ” – Robert Bernadelli ’11