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Religious Studies

The graduate program in Religious Studies at Brown is one of the finest in the nation. From among a large pool of highly qualified applicants, the department admits four to six doctoral students a year. Our students receive five years of full funding; additional funding is possible but not guaranteed. The department's graduates have an excellent placement record, teaching in such institutions as Harvard, Stanford, Indiana University, University of California, Brooklyn College, Reed College, Haverford, and University of Wisconsin (Madison). Current graduate students have distinguished themselves by presenting papers at international conferences and earning recognition and support from prestigious external funding organizations.

We offer a fifth year Master's Degree for current Brown undergraduate students:

Eight graduate level courses are required, including RELS 2000, "Theory of Religion."  Students must demonstrate competency in French or German, as well as in whatever other languages are relevant to their research interests.  A thesis is required.

We offer Ph.D. studies in four areas: 

  1. Asian Religious Traditions (ART)
  2. Islam, Society and Culture (ISC)
  3. Religion and Critical Thought (RCT)
  4. Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RAM)(including  Ancient Judaism, early Christianity, early Islam, and numerous others)

For more information on these programs, please click on the program link above.