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Religion and Jewish Studies: 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 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in religion and Jewish Studies, 67% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $47,000.

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 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.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.