Religious Studies Programs

Religious studies degree programs cover the practices and historical developments of the world's many faiths. Religious studies majors may focus on rituals, myths and the construction of various moral codes, using the texts of these faiths, anthropological studies and interdisciplinary accounts. Graduates of these programs may go on to become religious professionals - such as rabbis, ministers and priests - but they also may be prepared to pursue further academic careers in theology, history and sociology. Master's and doctorate students in religious studies who are training to be academics may study religion generally or a specific faith of their interest. Biblical studies majors focus generally on the Judeo-Christian Bible. Such a student may go on to a Bible college to train to become a clergy member. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, clergy members conduct the religious worship of a denomination. Individuals seeking to become an ordained minister, moreover, may attend a theological seminary. The Association of Theological Schools (ATA) accredits graduate schools of theology which train ministerial leaders through master's in religious education and pastoral studies programs. These students, according to the ATA website, may be prepared for leadership positions in ministry, or for the teaching of theological studies.