What Can You Do With a Major in Theology and Religion?

Theology and Religion major careers and jobs

The theology major is practical. You'll learn to think and read carefully and critically, and write and speak clearly and persuasively, on some of the most complex topics. You’ll learn about other religions, such as Islam and Judaism. And you’ll learn to better understand how religious convictions shape us ethically as responsible members of the human community. What employer would not consider that an advantage? Our graduates can attest that the major in theology is excellent preparation for graduate school and a variety of careers in dioceses and archdioceses, legislation, public policy, medicine, law, and publishing. 

Jobs for theology and religion majors

What can you do with a major in theology and religion? Our recent graduates have worked in the following positions:

  • Leadership roles in Catholic and faith-based organizations (hospitals, non-profits, parishes, dioceses and more)
  • K-12 teacher
  • Director of religious education for a parish
  • Youth minister
  • Missionary
  • College or seminary professor
  • Catholic priest
  • Social worker


The theology major’s flexibility makes it an ideal second major. By pairing theology with another major, our recent graduates have used the skills they gained from theological reflection to go on to careers in diverse fields, including:

  • Nursing
  • Journalism
  • Engineering

Students have also used a double-major in theology to demonstrate their breadth of interest and to stand out among applicants when applying to professional schools. Our major pairs especially well with students interested in:

  • Medical school (MD and DO)
  • Law school
  • Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Other professional programs

Further Studies

For students interested in graduate school, the Theology Department has an excellent record of placing graduates in top programs for advanced religious education. Some notable recent placements have been at:

  • Boston College
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Duke Divinity School
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Yale Divinity School

Additional resources for careers in theology and religion