Non-Religious Career Paths
in Interreligious Studies
An Interreligious Foundation Can Lead to Meaningful and Impactful Work That Goes Beyond Traditional Careers in Religion
The skills you’ll learn through interreligious and peace studies enable you to fulfill your calling to make a difference across industries as a professional who can embrace complexity, be curious, and reach beyond cultural and ideological divides.
Explore 6 Non-Religious Career Paths That HIU Alumni Have Taken
1. Start a Non-Profit
Make a direct impact by taking a cause you care about and building your own organization that puts your beliefs into action.
Rochelle Bayless ’13
Founder & Executive Director, Grace Café
A master’s thesis, A Theology of Food as Acts of Grace, became the blueprint for a non-profit pay-what-you-can community restaurant to address hunger & food insecurity.
2. News & Media
Communicate world issues and sensitive topics in the media in a way that is both respectful and knowledgeable.
Emily Barger ’18
Politics Producer, NowThis
Filmmaker, photographer, and producer depicting complex themes like the struggles of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and stereotypes Muslim women face in the U.S.
3. Advocacy & Social Services
Examining the world’s conflicts opens your heart and builds the practical skills that allow you to be a voice for those who need it most.
Rev. Jacklevyn “Jacky” Frits Manuputty ’11
Maluku Interfaith Organization, Co-founder & Director
Promoting peace, friendship, and environmental awareness through community building, social media, the arts, and mentoring former child soldiers in Indonesia.
4. International Diplomacy & Foreign Policy
The complexity of foreign relations combines your aspirations for peace and knowledge of world religions and cultures to aid global communities.
Ambassador Andrew Young ’55
Former Ambassador to UN; Former Congressman; GoodWorks International, Co-Founder
A civil rights movement activist alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. foreign policy advocate for human rights & economic advancement in underdeveloped countries.
5. Teaching in Public and Private Schools
Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. Your empathy, ability to see different perspectives, and sensitivity increase your value as an educator.
Kyra E. Jenney ’22
Choate Rosemary Hall, Department Head of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
Employs learning approaches that create spaces for students to develop the reflective practices of critical thinking, identity cultivation, and cultural humility.
6. Become a Business Owner
Your empathy & insight into people makes you the kind of business owner who creates meaningful products that make the world a better place.
Cathi Nelson ’07
President and Founder, The Photo Managers; Speaker; Author
A passionate photographer builds a business that empowers others to use visual storytelling to preserve and share their personal life journeys and family stories.
With an interreligious foundation, you gain the following skills that help you succeed in careers in many fields:
- Critical Thinking
- Abstract Reasoning
- Active Listening
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Communicating Complexity
- Emotional Intelligence