Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Religious Studies Students at Bolton Street Synagogue religious field site study.
Given the impact of religious power, it is crucial to study and understand it.
Because religion is believed to be one of the most powerful and widespread forces in the world, the Religious Studies concentration will help you understand the relationship between religion and politics, economics, and social structures.
- Learn about the faiths, world views, and ways of life of people all over the world.
- Receive a balanced, nonsectarian, cross-cultural perspective leading to a better understanding of the phenomenon of religion in human experience.
- Develop critical thinking and analytical skills, public speaking, and cross-cultural communication.
- Gain experience in factual description, comparative and critical analysis, and historical judgment.
- Enhance your knowledge of cultural diversity and the complexity of diverse world views.
- Prepare for professions as ministers, priests, rabbis, or careers in international relations and development, religious education, religious journalism, and religious broadcasting.
- Strengthen your education by complementing a BA in Religious Studies to majors in such fields as anthropology, English, fine arts, history, international studies, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
- We believe in real-world experience. That's why we recommend that all of our majors get internships. If you work hard, we will make sure you get an internship that challenges you.
Resources for Students in the Religious Studies Concentration
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Information:
Information on the GRE, preparation, and scheduling for students planning to apply to graduate programs available here.
Graduate Programs in Religious Studies
Click here to see Harvard's graduate program in religious studies
Click here to see the Yales's graduate program in religious studies
Click here to see the University of California Santa Barbara's graduate program in religious studies
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Religious Studies Professional Organizations
The American Academy of Religion
Grants and Scholarships
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Social Science Research Council
The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Fellowship in Women’s Studies
The National Academies Fellowships
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship
The Louisville Institute: Dissertation Fellowship Program
American Philosophical Society: John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR Awards and Fellowships)
United States Institute For Peace: Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program
The Fund for Theological Education Dissertation Fellowships
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Resources for the Future: Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Foundation for Jewish Culture: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies
Dartmouth College: Charles Eastman Fellowship
Darthmouth College: Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship
Darthmouth College: César Chávez Fellowship
Kenyon College: Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship
Five Colleges, Incorporated—Amherst/Hampshire/Mount Holyoke/Smith/Umass Amherst
Williams College: Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellowships
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
McGill University (Canada) Graduate Fellowships
Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Whether applying to graduate schools or for jobs, having one or more published article(s) will reflect highly in application materials. The following are some of the journals that are considered “student friendly” and which accept submissions from religious studies students:
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
JAGNES: Journal of Associated Graduates in Near Eastern Studies
Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue
Journal of Religion and Culture
SAGAR: A South Asia Research Journal
Shift: Queen's Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture
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