What Can I Do With a Major In Biblical Studies?

Katy Hinz WCIDWAMI

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Major Information

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies offers multiple undergraduate program options:

Our major and minor programs are part of a rigorous and exciting liberal arts education that emphasizes:

  • critical reading and thinking skills
  • effective oral and written communication of information and ideas
  • a thorough understanding of the methods by which society, culture, and language are studied

Our students are prepared not only for graduate work in fields such as ancient Near Eastern studies, biblical studies, and classics, but also for any professional training or career that requires critical thinking and communication skills.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and biblical studies and classics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:
 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An enhanced vocabulary through the study of Latin and/or Greek
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Extensive knowledge of Greek and Roman culture and history, and of classical traditions
  • Research skills
  • Knowledge of the methods by which society, culture, and language are studied
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills

Interest code: AIS

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Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs in Classics & Philosophy

  • Master of Arts, Classics and Medieval History, University of Oxford & MLIS, Library Sciences, Dominican University. Post grad job: Academic Editor, Walden University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University at Buffalo
  • PHD, Philosophy, University of St. Andrew. Post grad job: Schoolmaster, Mysville Academy

Graduate Programs in Biblical Studies & Theology

  • Master of Divinity, Candler School of Theology. Post grad Job: Associate Rector, Christ Episcopal Church
  • Leadership Development Institute, Church Planter Resident at Hope Community Church, Biblical Studies and Leadership. Post grad job: Lead Pastor, Revolution Church

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are Biblical Studies and Classics alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Biblical Studies major and Classics major, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Education

Entry-Level

  • Algebra Teacher, Teach for America
  • Office Specialist, Hennepin County Library
  • Librarian, Minneapolis College of Design

Experienced

  • Student Services Manager, Achievement First

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts, Education. Post grad job: Academic Advisor, Carlson School of Management
  • Master's Degree, Education, Teaching Second Languages and World Cultures-Latin, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Post grad job: Upper School Latin Teacher, St. Margaret's Episcopal School
Government, Law, Public Policy, International Affairs

Entry-Level

  • Law Clerk, Hennigson & Snoxell Ltd.
  • Information Resources Assistant, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly

Graduate Programs

  • JD, Tulane University Law School. Post grad job: Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • JD, University of Minnesota Law School. Post grad job: Attorney, Ross, Dixon, & Bell Associates
  • JD, University of Minnesota Law School. Post grad job: Associate Attorney, Sieloff & Associates P.A.
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Government Sales Intern, Cummins Crosspoint
  • Case Manager, Cap Pro Insurance Agency Services Inc

Entry-Level

  • Casualty Claim Adjuster, American Family Insurance

Experienced

  • Account Executive, Bank of America
  • Financial Paraplanner, Eide Bailly LLP
Nonprofit, Human Services, & Social Justice

Entry-Level

  • Mentor Staff, YMCA
  • Volunteer Coordinator, The Kabbalah Centre Miami

Experienced

  • Publishing Editor, The Kabbalah Centre