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"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today." -- United States Former Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Religious Studies Alumni accomplishments and life stories.

Majoring In Religious Studies Prepares You for Some of the Best Jobs Out There

Many of our majors go on to careers in law**, business, journalism, education, social work, medicine, and health care, as well as public, political, and foreign service. Our department also prepares majors to continue at the advanced graduate level in Religious Studies and related fields, including seminary or divinity school.

**Did you know that, nationally, Religious Studies and Philosophy majors hold the #2 spot for the highest ranking in Law School Admissions Test (“LSAT”) admissions scores? Scoring an average of 157.4, they tie Economics majors and are only outperformed by Physics/Math majors, who score an average of 160.

Take a look at the series of podcasts from Religious Studies scholars on various theoretical issues at

One final note: It is important to keep in mind that a major does not necessarily dictate a career. Many of your parents and relatives, not to mention your Northwestern faculty, majored in different areas from their chosen careers. Many things will contribute to your employability: well-chosen summer internships, level of academic performance in your field, work experience, volunteering, involvement in campus leadership and organizational responsibilities, and a well-tended network of contacts. We encourage you to pursue these things early on in your college years and to consult regularly with Northwestern’s University Career Services office for advice and strategies on career planning and preparation.

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