The MA in Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder offers an opportunity for rigorous, intensive scholarship on a wide variety of topics and themes within the academic study of religion. Students who complete the program will have a broad understanding of the field, with special emphasis on issues of theory and method, as well as indepth knowledge of their chosen area of specialization.
At the graduate level, the department’s faculty supervise study in aspects of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, religions in America, religions in the Mediterranean, religions in Asia and several indigenous traditions. Areas of thematic strength include: religion and the body; ritual studies; religion, play and dance; religion and the environment; politics, law and religion; religion, gender and sexuality; and religion, peace and war.
The faculty is highly interdisciplinary and encourages students to explore their unique interests in ways best suited to their individual goals. Each student works closely with a faculty advisor to determine the best way to achieve those goals. In addition, religious studies faculty maintain close relations with scholars in other departments of the university, including anthropology, sociology, Asian languages and civilizations, comparative literature, history, philosophy, classics, women and gender studies, theatre and dance and fine arts. MA students may take courses in other departments with their advisor’s approval. In addition, the department offers a dual MA degree with either the Department of History or the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures for those students who desire a truly interdisciplinary program of study.