Religious Studies, PhD

The academic study of religion is a central component of the humanities and has become increasingly recognized as a critical tool in understanding society and politics in a globalized world.

The PhD program in religious studies is designed for graduate students who would benefit from greater expertise regarding the nature and role of religion around the world. The program provides supplementary training that includes history, anthropology, political science, journalism, secondary education and justice studies. Through this program, graduate students are trained for careers as scholars and teachers in the academic study of religion.

Doctoral tracks in the study of religion approach the study in a variety of contexts. Specifically offered are tracks in:

  • anthropology of religion
  • global Christianity
  • Islam in global contexts
  • religion in Asia
  • religion in the Americas

Degree Offered

Religious Studies, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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