INTERESTED in a degree in religion?
If you're eager to learn about a wide range of religious phenomena from the major world religions – Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, then Gulf Coast State College's Religion degree transfer track is something you'll want to explore. Our professors will teach you how to be critical thinkers while you learn more about the nature of religious belief and traditions.
The Religion Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree attracts students who practice various religious traditions as well as those who aren't particularly religious, but enjoy exploring various points of view. In today's global society, a basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. Collecting data, synthesizing it, and presenting it are vital skills in the study of religion and in most professions.
Developing an understanding and tolerance of differing cultures and beliefs also translates well to the workforce, especially in jobs that require relating and reaching out to others, building relationships, or incorporating many perspectives at once. Most religious studies graduates pursue careers as ministers, across all religions and beliefs. They may also find jobs in research and teaching, at every level. However, a significant number of graduates with degrees in religion choose occupations in the community and social service fields. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) shows differing salaries for jobs in this degree. The median salaries for community and social service jobs was $42,990 in May 2016, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040.00.