SOSR (Student Organization for the Study of Religion) is a student organization at the University of Colorado created to provide a forum for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in the Department of Religious Studies.
Majors in Religious Studies can apply for individual research grants or assistantships to pursue independent study of a particular area of interest. Visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for more information.
Graduating with departmental honors involves completing a Honors Thesis, allowing you to pursue independent research in the field of religious studies in a specialized area of your choosing under the guidance of a faculty member. Find more information about graduating with departmental honors, or see the honors program website for information on graduating with General Honors vs. Departmental Honors.
If you have any questions about your course of study in the Department of Religous Studies, feel free to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Holly Gayley. If you have technical questions about fulfilling CU requirements, contact the Advising Center's Advisor for Religious Studies, Allison Frey. You are also welcome to contact individual professors with questions about coursework in the department. See department faculty pages for contact information and office hours.
SOSR (Student Organization for the Study of Religion) is a student organization at the University of Colorado created to provide a forum for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in the department of religious studies.
Norlin Library contains access to a variety of print and electronic resources including primary sources, religious texts, academic examinations of religion and theory, and more. Please visit the subject guide for Religious Studies for a listing of the most helpful resources or contact the Religious Studies librarian, Megan Welsh (Megan.Welsh@colorado.edu), for research help. Visit the University Libraries’ website to begin exploring library resources.
The basic requirement is demonstrated proficiency in reading knowledge of a language other than English, which can be obtained either through a grade of B or better in a 4th semester college level course or through passing a language exam. See Language Study for more information.
SASR stands for “Seminar in the Academic Study of Religion” and is a designation offered for particular graduate seminars in the Department of Religious Studies. All M.A. candidates are required to take three SASR designated courses during their program of study. At least one SASR course will be offered each semester and this designation will be indicated in the course description.
TOEFL stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language” and is required of all international graduate applicants. You are not required to take the TOEFL if your native language is English or if you have completed one year of full time study at a U.S. institution or at an institution where English is the native language at the time of your application and within two years of your desired admission term. See the University of Colorado’s International Graduate Admission Requirements for more information.
The University of Colorado’s M.A. program in Religious Studies has a very good reputation for preparing students to enter top quality Ph.D. programs. Several of our graduates have gone on to Ph.D.s in Religious Studies at Berkeley, Michigan, University of California at Santa Barbara, Arizona State, and the University of Florida. Others have chosen Ph.D. programs in such fields as Journalism, Cultural Geography, or Asian Studies. Some graduates opt for careers in law, journalism, teaching at the high school level, or nonprofit/NGO work. The program’s emphasis on theoretical approaches to the study of religion builds and sharpens skills in critical thinking and analysis that translate well to a number of careers beyond the academy. Faculty advisors work closely with students to determine their post-graduation aspirations and advise them accordingly.
MA applicants must apply online to the Graduate School. Be sure to submit two official transcripts with your application. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school’s registrar in order to be considered official.
Faculty mailboxes are located in Humanities 273, and graduate student mailboxes are located in Humanities 216. If you are a student turning in work to your Professor's or TA’s mailbox, make sure you put both your name and the name of your Professor or TA on your assignment.