Areas of Study

Applicants should make clear the subfield or likely focus of their studies (e.g., medieval Islam; early Judaism; contemporary Christian ethics; religion and modernity). Applicants should consult each field’s self-description in selecting the area of concentration they will choose as major and minor areas. Students who are unsure about which area of concentration to select should confer with the Director of the Graduate Program in Religion or the respective field convener.

Though recommendations and requirements for course loads differ among the subfields, students in the Graduate Program in Religion generally take three to four advanced classes per semester. When four courses are taken, advisors and matriculation committees will work with students to ensure that under normal circumstances students have no more than two major research papers in a single semester.