Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department


A Religious Studies major or minor can lead directly into certain career fields. You can also pair it with other majors or minors to deepen your training for a variety of careers.

This page offers some ideas of the skills you develop as an RS student, the sorts of job tracks that you could take, the kinds of employers and institutions that hire RS students, and links to online resources that might be of particular interest to an RS major or minor.

The charts on this page were adapted from resources developed by Christine Cangiano, Assistant Director of The Career Center at Valparaiso University, and are used with permission.

Skills Jobs Employers Links

Relevant Skills Developed in the RS Major
Clarify problems Apply theory Critique
Collect, organize and classify data Organize, conduct and explain research Summarize complex materials
Imagine and conceive Formulate and defend positions Relate to abstract ideas
Interview, listen and hear Communicate clearly orally and in writing Present clearly and with confidence
Recognize elements, relationships, struc-
tures and organizing principles
Make critical observations and appropriate decisions Trouble-shoot and problem-solve effectively
Use analytical and synthetic reasoning Synthesize perceptions Concentrate for long periods of time
Interact with all types of people Show sensitivity to and compassion for others Appreciate human spiritual and social needs
Work independently and in teams Exercise good judgment Persuade and influence others

Sample Jobs for the RS Major

Some may require an advanced degree
Administrative Official Diplomat Missionary
Archaeologist Director of Religious Education Non-Profit Administrator
Archivist Director of Institutional Research Peace Corps/JVC Worker
Bioethicist Ethicist Religious Bookstore Employee
Campus Minister Hospice Director Religious Education Teacher
Campus Religious Coordinator Journalist Religious Educational Administrator
Chaplain Lawyer Religious Researcher
Clergy Lay Minister Religious Writer
College/University Administrator Librarian Sales Representative
College/University Faculty Liturgist Social Worker
Community Organization Worker Manager Translator
Counselor Marketing & Communications Executive Volunteer Services Director
Denominational Executive Mediator Writer
Diocesan Employee Minister of Music Youth Minister

Potential Employers for RS Majors
Camps Government Agencies Religious Broadcasters
Churches Hospitals Religious Organizations
Colleges/Universities Libraries Religious Publishers
Corporations/Industry Media Outlets Seminary/Divinity Schools
Elementary/Secondary Schools Non-profit Agencies Social Service Agencies

Online Resources
General Info Ministry Positions Teaching Positions
Non-Profit Sector Service & Volunteer General Job Listings

General Information
  • The Career Center (SCU) - provides résumé services, on-campus student job postings, and career counseling.
  • NOVA - offers job search assistance, business services, training and labor market information for Silicon Valley.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the US Department of Labor, provides job descriptions of all occupations, with sections on the nature of the work, working conditions, training and qualifications.
  • USAJobs - the U.S. Government's official site for jobs and employment information, hosted by the US Office of Personnel Management.

Ministry Positions



Teaching Positions

Local Catholic High Schools
Archbishop Mitty
5000 Mitty Avenue, San José, CA 95129, (408) 252-6610
Archbishop Riordan
175 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112, (415) 586-8200
Bellarmine College Preparatory
960 W. Hedding Street, San José, CA 95126, (408) 294-9224
Bishop O'Dowd
9500 Stearns Avenue, Oakland, CA 94605-4799, (510) 577-9100
Cardinal Newman
50 Ursuline Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, (707) 546-6470
1133 Winton Drive, Concord, CA 94518, (925) 686-5353
Convent of the Sacred Heart
2222 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94115, (415) 563-2900
De La Salle
Concord, CA
Junipero Serra
451 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 345-8207
4026 Maher Street, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 255-0950
Marin Catholic
675 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Kentfield, CA 94904, (415) 461-8844
Mercy (Burlingame)
2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010, (650) 343-3631
Mercy (SF)
3250 19th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, (415) 334-0525
Moreau Catholic
27170 Mission Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94544, (510) 881-4300
Notre Dame (Belmont)
1540 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002, (650) 595-1913
Notre Dame (Salinas)
455 Palma Drive, Salinas, CA 93901, (831) 751-1850
Notre Dame (San José)
596 South Second Street, San José, CA 95112, (408) 294-1113
919 Iverson Street, Salinas, CA 93901, (831) 422-6391
2281 Plummer Avenue, San José, CA 95125, (408) 264-1664
Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (San Francisco)
1055 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, (415) 775-6626
Sacred Heart Preparatory (Menlo Park)
150 Valparaiso Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94027, (650) 322-1866
Saint Francis
1885 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040-4098, (650) 968-1213
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory
2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116, (415) 731-7500
Saint Patrick-St. Vincent
1500 Benicia Road, Vallejo, CA 94533, (707) 644-4425
Saint Vincent de Paul
849 Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA 94952, (707) 763-1032
San Domenico Upper School
1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960, (415) 258-1939
Santa Catalina
1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940, (831) 655-9315
Stuart Hall
1715 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, (415) 563-2900
90 Ursuline Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, (707) 524-1130
Woodside Priory
302 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028, (650) 851-8220

Southern California High Schools
where our graduates have worked
Santa Margarita High School
22062 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, (949) 766-6000, Fax (949) 766-6005

Local Catholic Colleges and Universities
Dominican University of California
(formerly Dominican College of San Rafael)
50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901, (415) 457-4440
Notre Dame de Namur University
(formerly College of Notre Dame)
1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002-1997, (650) 593-1601
Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, CA 94575, (925) 631-4000
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, (408) 554-4000
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, (415) 422-5555

General Resources

Non-Profit Sector

Service & Volunteer Opportunities




General Job Listings


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