Graduate Programs

Director of the Program:
Professor Adam Becker

Director of Graduate Studies:
Professor Adam Becker


The Program in Religious Studies explores religious practices as important aspects of social life. We include three related approaches: study of the history of religion; examination of primary texts and artifacts; and interdisciplinary analysis of the ideas and activities that have contributed to the development of various religions. It should be stressed that the program is oriented toward the academic analysis of religious phenomena and is not intended to promote or endorse either religious belief itself or the views and practices of any particular religious tradition.

The program makes use of resources from several areas of study in the graduate school, including Anthropology, Classics, English, Fine Arts, French, Hebrew and Judaic studies, History, Medieval and Renaissance studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature and others.

The Program in Religious Studies has also joined forces with the Carter Journalism Institute 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.  For more information visit the MA in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Journalism and Religion

Please note, we do not have a Ph.D program at this time. If you have any questions about the Religious Studies Master's Program please contact the program administrator of Religious Studies.