Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Required Courses

RELS 6101: Approaches to the Study of Religion

This course must be taken by all Graduate Students in the Religious Studies MA Program within the first three semesters. This course provides students with critical tools for research, analytical thinking, and writing in the academic study of religion. The topics and individuals this course covers represent several major currents of thought in the field of religious studies. 

RELS 6102: Teaching in Religious Studies and the Humanities

This course must be taken by all Graduate Students in the Religious Studies MA Program within the first three semesters. 

Other Courses

The graduate courses offered by this department change every semester, and the listing for the coming semester is available here. In addition to those courses, there are two other courses to consider.

RELS 6800: Directed Reading

Graduate students are permitted to receive 3 credit hours for one directed reading in which the student works with a single faculty member on an individualized course of student. Students should contact a faculty member well in advance and then apply for a directed reading through this link

RELS 6999: Thesis Writing

Graduate students writing a thesis are permitted to register for up to 6 credit hours of thesis writing. For more on the thesis and the thesis writing process, please see this site.

Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Blog Post by the Author

   January 17, 2023

Dr. Hoenes del Pinal published some thoughts on his monograph, Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Catholic Parish Divided by Language and Faith (University of Arizona Press, 2022). Read here

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Dr. Sherman Is Heading to Heidelberg

   January 17, 2023

Dr. William E.B. Sherman has been awarded a fellowship to the ...

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What is E2M?

   January 16, 2023

Dr. Julia Robinson Moore is very busy working on the various facets of her new project, E2M: Equity in Memory and Memorial. 

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Dr. Thiede and The Shiloh Project

   January 9, 2023

The Bible and Violence is a whole lot more than a two-part book; it’s a wide-ranging scholarly endeavor that includes creating intellectual community through workshopping, mentoring, training, and research events. Scholars involved are reading each other's works, meeting and talking through their interests and concerns, and learning directly from one another in a host of different...

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Learn About Material Culture

   January 3, 2023

Dr. Kaloyanides and Dr. Kati Curts's special issue explores four key categories: “Material,” “Economies,” “Religion,” and “America(s).” The ambition of this issue is that the collective inquiries of its 21 authors, which span various interpretive histories and genealogical fragments, can offer...

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Reviews of Dr. Thiede's Monograph

   July 15, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Thiede on her recent publication of Male Friendship, Homosociality, and Women in the Hebrew Bible: Malignant Fraternities. Routledge, 2021.

Brief summary:

"Male alliances, partnerships, and friendships are fundamental to the Hebrew Bible. This book offers a detailed and explicit exploration of the ways in which shared...

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