What can you do with a religion major?

There are many different sub-divisions of philosophy. Philosophy of Law, Science and Religion are just some of the areas a student can look into. WCU is no exception when it comes to offering students the sub-division Philosophy of Religion. Though a student can not receive a degree in Philosophy of Religion, philosophy can be applied to almost any major. Graduates under this program can enter a wide variety of fields that may not be directly connected to religion. Several graduates have gone in teaching, management, medical and law school, archaeology and historical research. Since religion is changing and growing all the time, International Relations have to keep track of what is new and old. New organizations and groups are always being created and they may need someone who can interpret what they believe for others. Revelations may be made about old religions and need to be interpreted so that the general public can understand them. Hartford Institute is one of several research institutes that can offer students the chance to explore religious organizations, new movements and areas of concern.The American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association that researches and teaches topics related to religion. They offer teaching positions and need writers to publish their books and journals. They also have meetings, so students have the chance to get their views and interpretations heard by others. Anyone can join and members receive benefits like a subscription to the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and the chance to talk with religious experts. With an in-depth understanding of various religions, students with a Philosophy of Religion major can study the traditions and artifacts of a specific group. Since understanding and preserving artifacts is important to any religion, archeologist have students do field work to learn how to handle them properly. Anthropologist and archeologists often need people who know the history of religion to identify or understand an artifact. Since not all religion has been left as an artifact or written down, graduates may be asked to interpret an oral tradition, social areas and psychological understandings. Some of the more ancient religions, that have few artifacts or written traditions, need someone that can decode and interpret findings for others. The Vermont Folklife Center is currently in need of an executive director to help preserve and present folklore and traditions to the public. Since interpreting a religion can be difficult and confusing, there is need of professors who can explain and communicate clearly to others that may find the material unclear. Schools like Florida State University and Valdosta State University that have large philosophy departments may be in need of teachers who can teach others that may want to pressure a career or are just interested in learning more.Special thanks to Dr. James McLachlan, Philosophy and Religion Head.