Majors in Religion program from Amherst College will be expected to achieve a degree of mastery in three areas of the field as a whole by taking at least eight courses in the Department. First, they will be expected to gain a close knowledge of a particular religious tradition, including both its ancient and modern forms, in its scriptural, ritual, reflective, and institutional dimensions. Alternatively, students may craft a course of study focusing on one methodological or disciplinary interest across traditions, such as comparative philosophy, religious ethics, history, or textual study, but the course of study must be developed in conversation with the advisor and is subject to the approval of the department.
A student might also choose to develop a program of language in relation to this part of the program, though this would not ordinarily be required for or count toward the major. Second, all majors will be expected to gain a more general knowledge of some other religious tradition or disciplinary approach quite different from that on which they are concentrating. Ordinarily this requirement will be met by one or two courses. Third, all majors will be expected to gain a general knowledge of the theoretical and methodological resources pertinent to the study of religion in all its forms. It is further expected of Honors majors that their theses will demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical and methodological issues ingredient in the topic being studied.
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- Religious Traditions in America: A History of Communities and Their Scriptures
- Becoming Christian in the Ancient World
- The Virgin Mary: Image, Cult, Syncretism (ca. 400-1700)
- The Sanctuary Movement: Religion, Activism, and Social Contestation
- Buddhist Ethics
- Religion and Violence in the Roman Empire
- Christianity, Philosophy, and History in the Nineteenth Century
- The Lives of Muslim Saints
- 48 months
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DisciplinesReligious Studies & Theology View 807 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Common Application, Coalition Application OR QuestBridge Application
- Amherst College Writing Supplement
- $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver (requested through Common Application, Coalition Application or Amherst's Quick Pass).
- School Report
- Secondary School Transcript
- Counselor Recommendation (College Counselor / Guidance Counselor)
- Two Teacher Recommendations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
- Optional Standardized Test Results for the SAT or ACT (either self-reported or official scores).
- Early Decision Agreement (for ED applicants)
- First marking period grades from senior year (for ED applicants)
- Mid-Year School Report Form (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
- Mid-Year Transcript (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
International75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
National75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
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