The Department of Religious Studies pursues a critical and comparative study of religions. This study aims to illuminate the dynamics of religion as a dimension of human culture and to develop theories and methods that advance our understanding of religion in its cultural and historical context. The faculty offers instruction in methodologies in the study of religion, religion and gender, history of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, religions of China and Japan, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Native American and other traditional religions, religion and dance; and religions in North America.
Related areas of study include a dual master's degree with the Departments of History or Asian Languages and Civilizations. There is also a certificate program in ethnographic and transcultural filmmaking. Opportunities for interdisciplinary study are available among a wide selection of departments such as: anthropology, sociology,Asian languages and civilizations, comparative literature, philosophy, classics, women's studies, theatre and dance, journalism and mass communication, and fine arts.
Requires 31 semester hours of course work, including three required core seminars, a thesis representing 4-6 semester hours of thesis research, a comprehensive final exam, and a competence (fourth semester) in a language other than English and use of this language in the student’s course of study.
All new applicants are considered for assistance which may be in the form of grants, fellowships, or teaching assistant positions.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Religious Studies
Graduate Program Administrator
Boulder, CO 80309-0292