Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the program, students will have: Gained informed familiarity with the beliefs and practices of more than one religious and spiritual tradition.
Graduate Study General Ph.
Requirements Regardless of the specific focus, all Ph. Residence coursework ; 2. Satisfaction of Qualifying Requirements languages, subject-specific competences, theory and method ; 3.
Disseration Prospectus and defense, actual dissertation; final public oral examination. Up to one full year of graduate work done in residence at other institutions and not used in fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.
We encourage students to work and develop professional relationships with faculty outside of the Department who focus in cognate areas. Students who have completed their formal coursework often continue to attend doctoral seminars until they have passed their preliminary examinations and begun work on the dissertation.
These qualifying requirements ordinarily include language training as well as basic knowledge of, and competence in, the history and culture of particular traditions. In addition, all RS grad students must demonstrate competence in theory and method in Religious Studies, ordinarily through successful completion of RELS All RS graduate students are Religious studies coursework encouraged to participate in the teaching training programs run by the Sheridan Center, including their Certification programs.
Religious studies coursework students should work out the format and general content of these examinations with their area advisor and other faculty early in their graduate programs: At the discretion of the area faculty, students may be required to revise portions of their exams or given an opportunity to rewrite or retake an exam.
If, in the end, the area faculty determines that the student has not passed the Preliminary Exams, the student will be asked to leave the program and the area faculty will decide wheter the student will be awarded a terminal M.
Students should be thinking about possible dissertation topics from the beginning of their program, and should disccuss these aspects of prospective thesis topics early on with their advisors.
Topics or areas for dissertation research often develop out of work in seminars and courses, so students should choose course papers with an eye to their suitability for further research. Once a student has identified a topic or promising area, the natural choice for first reader or advisor will be the faculty member whose specializations most closely match that topic.
Students ordinarily devote at least two years to the dissertation, including research and writing, although occassionally less. The prospectus should present the proposed dissertation topic, explain its scholarly context and justification, describe the methodologies to be employed, put forth a plan for procedure e.
The ideal typical length of the prospectus is ten to twenty pages, including a bibliography. The student works closely with his or her advisor on the prospectus. Before a prospectus meeting can be scheduled, the student should circulate a draft of the prospectus to all probable members of the dissertation committee, sufficiently far in advance to allow the committee members time to comment on the draft, and to allow the student to make any necessary revisions.
The student should also determine, in advance, the availability of committee members to respond to such drafts. Graduate students should allow at least four weeks for this part of the process, if not longer, depending on the state of the initial draft and the availability of the committee members.
When the committee members have had an opportunity to comment on the draft, and when the proposed dissertation director is satisfied that the prospectus is ready, the meeting may be scheduled.
Once the dissertation director notifies the DGS that the prospectus is ready, prospectus meetings will be scheduled thought the Department Administrator, who will use a scheduling survey to identify a feasible time for the meeting.
The DGS then approves the meeting time, announces the meeting to the department faculty, and any appropriate outside faculty, and circulates the prospectus electronically.
The faculty should be given notice of the meeting, and be sent the approved draft of the prospectus, no less than two weeks in advance. To facilitate this, the DGS should receive the approved prospectus no less than 17 days before the proposed meeting date, and ideally 21 days in advance of the proposed meeting.
Prospectus Presentation The prospectus presentation ordinarily takes place weeks after submission of the prospectus. Unlike the final oral defense of the dissertation, this is a closed meeting ordinarily about 90 minuteswhere the RS faculty and invited faculty guests and the student discuss the proposed dissertation.
This is a working session whose purpose is for the faculty to have constructive input early enought to avoid major problems later and to assist in clarifying the dissertation process. Ordinarily, the DGS presides. After any appropriate preliminary consultation of the faculty, the student begins with a brief statement 10 minutesdescribing the genesis of the project and how it relates to the work the student has done in the department.
After appropriate faculty questioning and discussion, the student leaves the room briefly while faculty assess the dissertation, raise any further issues, and clarify agreements about the dissertation committee.
Occasionally, the faculty may ask for revisions or clarifications prior to official approval of the prospectus. When the faculty apprroves the prospectus, the student is formally advanced to candidacy.Students must complete at least 18 credit hours in religious studies coursework, including at least 6 hours of lower division and 9 hours of upper division coursework.
At least 12 hours must be taken in the Department of Religious Studies. REL Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors This course introduces students to the academic study of religions. It acquaints students with key methods and issues in religious studies, and provides an introductory survey of selected religions.
Religious Studies Coursework. To view all required courses for a BA in Religious Studies click here. To view all required courses for a Minor in Religious Studies click here.
To view Bible course descriptions click here. To view Philosophy course descriptions click here. Students interested in careers in local, state, regional and national communities find transdisciplinary encouragement and support in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in religious studies.
Students who are attracted to international study find the undergraduate program rich in multicultural coursework and study abroad opportunities. The course inquires into the problems of defining and analyzing religious cultures, and the researcher's position or positions in this analysis, as this has been approached from anthropological, sociological, and religious studies perspectives.
A religious studies major with an emphasis in religion and the social sciences is designed to encourage students to explore religion as it relates to complex issues of human behavior, culture and society that are addressed by disciplines in the social sciences like anthropology, psychology, sociology and so forth.