Humanities & Culture

Department for the Study of Religion

Kofi Hope is not only a community organizer, he's a Religion Studies grad.

Kofi Hope (Hon. B.A., 2006) majored in political science and minored in religion. He ran the United Church of Canada’s Youth Connections program. He was a Rhodes Scholar and is now the Managing Director of Community Empowering Enterprises, making change happen every day. Read more about Kofi on LinkedIn.

What do employers value about Department for the Study of Religion graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 90% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $40,619/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Religion alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Education
  • Community and Social Services
  • Media and Communication
  • Research
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Administration
  • Consulting
  • Arts and Design
  • Sales
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Health Care
  • Advocacy

graduate or professional school

A Religion degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Religious Studies
  • Women’s Studies
  • Library and Archival Studies
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Education
  • Museum Studies
  • Law
  • Bioethics
  • Theology
  • Journalism
  • International Studies/Global Affairs
  • Social Work
  • Cinema Studies
     

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals like a religion alum who is now a Senior Coordinator, Research and Programs at HEQCO and others in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
 
Gain an understanding of the skills you gain through your humanities education through You’ve Got Skills and other workshops.  Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Options in your Department

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Build skills and relationships through the Religion in the Public Sphere service learning course.

Take advantage of research opportunities including international study research programs.

Learn foreign languages through coursework and research opportunities.