Engaged Religion

Engaged Religion takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for religion majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Religion Majors Rise


  • Nature of the Crescent: Humans and the Natural World in Genesis 1-11 and Mesopotamian Mythology
  • Saints of the Amazigh—The Historical Origins of the Rural/Urban Divide in Moroccan Sainthood
  • Mary Church Terrell: Personal and Public Motherhood Toward a Political Agenda
  • The Seventh Name of Love: Violence in the Writings of Hadewijch of Brabant


  • Environmental Defense Fund, N.Y.: creating presentations about oil and gas for policymakers
  • Massachusetts Children’s Alliance (MACA), Boston: helping child victims of abuse and neglect
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Washington, DC: researching and advocating for policy reform

Study Away

  • Temple University in Tokyo, Japan
  • Central European University (Bard College), Hungary
  • Border Studies Program, Tucson, Ariz., and Mexico
  • Buddhist Studies, Bodh Gaya (Antioch Education Abroad), India
  • AMIDEAST Regional Studies in French, Morocco

Experiential Learning

Senior religion majors work with faculty mentors to create capstone projects to synthesize the knowledge and skills developed through their courses of study in and beyond the major.

First Destinations of Recent Religion Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • Religious studies at University of Chicago, Yale University, and Vanderbilt University
    • Information and library sciences at University of Illinois
    • Gender sexuality & society at University of Amsterdam
    • Development studies at London School of Economics
    • PhD in near Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University
    • Higher education & organizational change at UCLA
    • JD at UC-Berkeley, Fordham University, and University of Michigan
    • Creative writing at the University of Oregon
  • Positions:
    • People operations at Google
    • Intern for immigrant’s rights project at the ACLU, Calif.
    • Oberlin Shansi Fellow, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    • Department of development intern at Columbus Museum of Art
    • First-grade teacher at Citizens Academy, Ohio
    • Furniture design assistant at Vladimir Kagan Design Group, N.J.
    • Editorial assistant at Princeton University Press
    • Policy editor for South-East Asia Center, Greater Chicago