The Religion program awards the Master of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in a number of areas. Each area has a faculty coordinator and at least three faculty members. While the Religion program is committed to excellence in specialized research, it is equally committed to transdisciplinary research in two or more fields, offering interfield degrees both at the MA and at the PhD levels in collaboration with other departments and schools of the University. The faculty resources for the study of religion are not limited to the faculty of the department or those of the University, but include those in the Claremont School of Theology and the five Claremont Colleges within the Consortium.
The Claremont Consortium enjoys such an impressive concentration of religious scholarship that there is no significant area of religion that is not in some way covered by one or other faculty members in one of the colleges, be it Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, African Religions, Judaism, Sociology of Religion, Psychology of Religion, Religion and Politics, Religion and the Arts, and Religion and Literature. One or more of these areas may be explored in conjunction with one of the areas in which we offer degrees.
Areas of Study
The PhD degree is offered in the following areas:
The Interfield PhD degree is also offered between the Religion department and other departments:
The M.A. degree is offered in the following areas:
Tracks of Study are offered in the following areas:
The PhD programs in New Testament, Hebrew Bible, and Theology/Ethics/Culture will continue until current students graduate, but these programs do not accept new students.