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Graduate School of Arts and Science
70 Washington Square South
New York City, NY 10012
Program in Religious Studies
The Program in Religious Studies explores religious practices as important aspects of social life. We include three related approaches: examination of primary texts and artifacts; analysis of the ideas and activities that have contributed to the development of various religions; and interdisciplinary exploration of the theories and methods used in the study of religion. This multidisciplinary M.A. program seeks to prepare students with both the knowledge of a religious world and the tools to study that world, including language training where appropriate. Courses often utilize both cultural and disciplinary foci in examining religious life. Students who pursue the graduate program on a full-time basis complete the program in one and a half to two years.
The M.A. Program in Religious Studies is oriented toward the academic analysis of religious phenomena and is not intended to endorse either religious belief itself or the views and practices of any particular religious tradition. The program utilizes resources from several areas of study in the Graduate School of Arts and Science (including the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, English, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and Philosophy and the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies). The program also has close ties with the Center for Religion and Media. We also offer an M.A. in religious studies with a concentration in journalism and religion. As religion appears with growing force in the political, economic, social, and cultural life of a globalizing world, its representation in various media (electronic and print) likewise grows in importance.
The Program in Religious Studies has joined forces with the Department of Journalism to provide an area of study within the graduate program that provides education and training for students seeking careers as professional newspaper, magazine, or broadcast journalists with an expertise on religion.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Large City