The Department of Religious Studies maintains exceptional strength in the study of religion in antiquity, Asian religions, modern religious thought, and the theoretical study of religion.
The small program allows students to develop customized programs and close working relationships with faculty members, and our placement rate is excellent. The Department of Religious Studies offers graduate study in four areas: Asian Religious Traditions, Religion and Critical Thought, Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, and Islam.
Additional Resources: The department maintains close working relationships with other Brown departments. Students often supplement their work with courses in history, anthropology, classics, philosophy, political science, sociology, Judaic studies, East Asian studies, art history, comparative literature, and the Institute for Archeology and the Ancient World. Through the University exchange program students may also take courses at other local universities. A monthly seminar, Culture and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean, brings together students and faculty from across the University.
Ph.D.: All areas require three years (six semesters) of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate degree, including RS200; reading competence of at least two scholarly languages (typically French and German, depending on the track) and relevant other languages; preliminary examination; dissertation; oral defense; one year of teaching experience. Tracks also have additional specific requirements: for details, see the Religious Studies website and the Graduate Handbook.
Admission Requirements: Writing sample (of 25 pages or less) recommended. Some tracks also require previous language study.
GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application Deadline: January 5