What Can I Do With a Religion/Philosophy/Classics Major?

Studying philosophy, classics, or religion enhances our imagination, broadens our intellectual horizons, and frees us from the tyranny of custom, prejudice, and dogmatism.

Many religion majors go on to seminary, graduate school, and church-oriented vocations. Philosophy majors have pursued advanced degrees in philosophy, theology, medicine, counseling, and public administration. Each of the majors from this department is excellent preparation for many occupations because of the rigorous thinking, writing, and communication skills you learn. (Plus, don’t forget that Latin continues to be a valuable foundation for work in history, law, English, and medicine!)

Some of our recent graduates include:


  • Matthew Kruse, '08, Student, Trinity Seminary, Columbus, OH
  • Kristin Zingler, '07, MTS, Harvard University, assisting in the establishment of the Global Leadership Institute, Boston
  • Dr. Caryn Riswold, '93, Associate Professor of Religion, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Dr. Dennis Olson, '76 Professor and Chair, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey


  • AJ Davidson, ’08, Creighton Medical School
  • Danielle Messerschmidt, ’08, Graduate Student, University of Chicago
  • Nicholas Gjorvad, ’09, Graduate Student, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Kelli Meier, ’09, Graduate Student, South Dakota State University