IU’s Department of Religious Studies well prepares its graduate students for careers in higher education and in any profession that requires deep knowledge, broad mindedness, critical engagement, and research and communications skills. It does so by cultivating a multidisciplinary, thematic approach to the study of religion, whereby students become not only specialists in their areas of interest, but also well versed in an array of theories, topics, and traditions related to a key focus of our department, being human.
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The department’s commitment to the professional development of its graduate students is partly captured in its multi-faceted approach to academic career preparation:
- Student advising is conducted by a team of faculty members, which helps to cultivate a portfolio and knowledge base that is ecumenical and widely applicable to both academic and non-academic jobs.
- Faculty members actively connect students to other scholars in the field, as well as alumni, thereby creating networks of familiarity that students can use on whatever job market they enter.
- The department regularly hosts mock job interviews for students completing their degree, as well as informal workshops to prepare students for the job market.
- IU’s Department of Religious Studies always has a large and active presence at the American Academy of Religion’s annual conference, which helps to support graduate students in the department who are presenting at the conference.
- The Graduate Religious Studies Association (URSA) hosts an annual on-campus conference, which provides an excellent and friendly environment in which students develop their presentation skills, as well as their scholarship.
- Graduate students regularly meet with our director of graduate studies, Stephen Selka, to discuss their intellectual and professional development.
- The department is equally proud and supportive of students who choose to pursue non-academic jobs, whether in non-profits, academic administration, or the private sector.