The study of religion at Luther College is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on and engaging with a wide range of disciplines including history, political science, philosophy, sociology, psychology, classics, and the natural sciences. For this reason, our program prepares students for diverse careers by helping them develop competency in multiple disciplines.

Diverse Career Options

The department encourages students interested in the study of religion but not intent on pursuing a religious vocation to consider the many different professions that have need for people with a solid education in religious studies.

  • Journalists with knowledge of the histories and practices of different religious traditions can make a huge difference in how current events involving religion are covered in terms of accuracy and representation.
  • Medical doctors and nurses with a religion major or minor are better able to offer a holistic approach to treatment that takes seriously the diverse religious and spiritual needs of their patients.
  • The U.S. Government regularly seeks employees in organizations such as the State Department or CIA with training in the study of religion who can aid the U.S. in formulating foreign policy that takes account of the role that religion plays in diverse nations. 

These are just a few of the many ways to think about how the study of religion can be applied to a variety of careers.

Professional Ministry and Graduate Study in Religion

Professional ministry continues to be a vocational goal for some of our majors and minors, and the department works closely with pre-ministry students to help them prepare for professional degrees at seminaries and divinity schools. Our graduates go on to study at ELCA institutions such as Luther Seminary and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), and at divinity schools such as Harvard Divinity School and Vanderbilt Divinity School. Some of our students also end up developing interests in the teaching and research side of religious studies and go on to study in prominent doctoral programs across the country. 

Careers of Luther Religion Grads

Here's how a few Luther religion graduates are employed:

  • administrator
  • attorney
  • business manager
  • chaplain
  • city official
  • clergy
  • coordinator
  • counselor
  • editor
  • educational counselor
  • elementary school teacher
  • librarian
  • media specialist
  • recreation worker
  • religion professor
  • sales representative
  • social worker
  • speech pathologist
  • teacher
  • therapist
  • youth director
  • volunteer