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