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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 have that other applicants may not.
Hofstra religion students have gone on receive advanced degrees at prestigious institutions like American University, New York University, Columbia University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and Brown University.

Religion and Jewish Studies students have reported finding employment with the 9:30 Club/I.M.P. Promotions, the Mount Sinai Health System, Navasky Hebrew School, Walt Disney Company, and WB&B Executive Search.

Alumni have also reported working 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 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates, 91% of religion majors who responded to a survey reported finding employment and/or attending or planning to pursue graduate studies. Among Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $43,000.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. 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.