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Career Potential

If your job will require you to be sensitive to diverse people, courses in religious studies are for you!

Students who major or minor in Religion and Jewish Studies tend to work in "people-oriented" careers such as  health care and psychology, law and public policy, journalism and communications, the non-profit sector and social work, as well as museum work.

Think about the major or minor as an enhancement to make your graduate school or job application stand out above the rest. Expertise in diversity is your extra "value-added" – something you bring that other applicants will not have.

Religion students have gone on to study law at Rutgers and Quinnipiac University; medicine at SUNY Stony Brook; mortuary science at Nassau Community College; and international relations at American University’s School for International Service.

Religion and Jewish Studies students have worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation and NBC; the Microcredit Summit Program; Keogh, Burkhart and Vetter law firm; the Institute for Southern Jewish Life; the International Youth Foundation in Washington DC; Teach for America; the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee; Temple Beth Emet in Florida; the Joyful Heart Foundation in New York City (a nonprofit working against domestic violence); and The Lighthouse Institute in Chicago, a nonprofit specializing in research on addiction and related penal system and public health issues).

Among 2014-2015 Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences, 98% of the respondents report that within one year of graduation they were employed or attending/planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the average annual self-reported salary was $40,932.


*Outcomes are based on the 68% of 2014-2015 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population.  The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.  Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by HCLAS graduates and are based upon a 33% response rate.  Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us.  The economy is constantly changing, and employment for past classes is not an accurate predictor of employment for future classes. In addition, a degree from Hofstra or any other school is not a guarantee of employment in any field.
All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary and outcomes data reported for Hofstra graduates is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University wide, school, division or department). To see the alumni outcome reports in its entirety, and all available data, go to the institutional research page.