Religious Studies

Religious Studies is about religions from a secular (non-religious) perspective.

Examples of religions include Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, etc (and their various denominations).

Studying in this area involves learning about religions' beliefs, philosophies, traditions, histories, art and politics.

This includes learning about the influence religions have had on the world over time.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Religious education teacher
  • Religious studies teacher
  • Philosopher
  • Ethicist
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Social studies teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

138% of national
median earnings


Employment

59%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
30%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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