A degree in Religious Studies from Trinity is excellent preparation for graduate work in one of the many sub-disciplines in the field of religious study. Trinity students have gone on to advanced degrees at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, the University of Virginia, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.

At the same time, the academic and intellectual preparation achieved at Trinity opens doors to a range of professional schools, from divinity to social work, law and medical schools. It has also opened the way to challenging and rewarding careers, from business management, public policy positions, and government analysis, to the media, human rights work, and arts administration. The degree in Religious Studies brings the student to an understanding of the human condition and the intellectual flexibility of a first-rate education relevant to many sectors of the society. Faced with the ethical challenges that they encounter daily, many organizations in both the public and private sectors have shown an appreciation for the unique perspective and understanding the Religion major can bring to the table. No matter what the initial goal or ultimate result, the Religious Studies major leaves Trinity with limitless opportunities for success.  Here are some examples of our graduates.

  • Dr. Howard J. Alfred, ’70, nephrology, U. Mass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
  • Charles B. Atwater, Jr., ’68, Analyst, Soviet Amphibious Operations, U.S. Defense Department
  • The Rev. Michael Battle, ’73, U. S. Representative to the African Union
  • David Chang, ’99, Prize-winning Chef, Momofuku, New York
  • Victoria R. Clawson, ’89, Country Director, Save the Children, Nepal
  • Prof. Stephen L. Cook, ’84, Professor of Old Testament, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria
  • Barclay Hansen, ’84, President, AquaHealth, Boston
  • Prof. Susannah Heschel, ’73, Prize-winning Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
  • Katryna Nields, ’91, lead singer, and composer with her sister Nerissa, of the folk group The Nields, Northampton, MA
  • Prof. Sharon Suh, ’91, Professor of Asian Studies, Seattle University
  • Dr. Julie Wheeler, ’06, Veterinarian, La Porte, IN
  • Dr. George F. Will ’62, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, Washington, D.C.