Philosophy, Religion and Society, BA

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The Philosophy, Religion and Society degree educates students on the ways philosophy and religion influence American politics and social structures. With a choice of concentrating on applied ethics, philosophy, or religious studies, graduates find careers in education, social service, and politics.

Learn ways philosophy and religion influence American politics and social structures. Your choice of concentrations will point you to impactful careers in politics, education and social services, among many other career field options.

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The BA degree program in philosophy, religion and society comprises historical, theoretical and practical perspectives on philosophy, religion and social ethics, and it emphasizes social and political concerns by putting the studies of philosophy and religion into action.

This interdisciplinary degree program offers three areas of concentration: applied ethics, continental philosophy and religious studies.

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Philosophy, Religion and Society, BA

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Career outlook

Graduates are prepared for graduate study or employment in the fields explored through their required internships, including business, criminal justice, education, government, human resources, law enforcement, law, media, medicine, religious organizations and social services.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Reporters and Correspondents -10%$39,370
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Legislators7.1%$25,630
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Directors, Religious Activities and Education7.1%$38,980
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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