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Department of Religious Studies

Areas of Study

Undergraduate Program

The University of Denver's undergraduate religious studies program offers students the opportunity to study religion in ways not found at other universities. The BA provides students breadth and depth, balancing textual and theoretical study with a focus on lived traditions through site visits and experiential learning.

Students pursuing a BA in religious studies learn about many of the major religious traditions of the world and investigate how theories of religion can help interpret the religious phenomena that surround us. They focus on lived experience through observation of local religious communities, engage with local communities through service learning and prepare for a wide variety of careers through the development of excellent writing skills.

Master's Degree

Founded in 1979, the University of Denver's religious studies MA program prepares students for PhD work or for teaching, careers in journalism, government and nonprofit organizations in which cross-cultural analytical skills are important. The program emphasizes both breadth of knowledge in several religious traditions as well as room for specialization in select areas of faculty expertise.

DU-Iliff Joint PhD Program in Religious and Theological Studies

Founded in 1981 through a joint partnership between the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology, the joint PhD program in religious and theological studies offers an intellectually rich, academically rigorous program of study for students pursuing doctorates in religious and theological studies.

The JDP is administered by the University of Denver on behalf of both schools, but is not housed in the Religious Studies Department. Admission to the joint PhD program requires a MA in religious studies or theological studies.

Students interested in applying should contact the program coordinator for further information.