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DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion

The New Joint Doctoral Program

Welcome to the online home of the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion.

We are excited to announce that, beginning in fall 2015, the DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) will implement a newly structured program. The new program is more integrated than the previous program, which located students in one of four distinct concentrations.

The JDP assumes that innovative and exciting academic inquiries depend on conversations between people who approach the study of religion from different angles. For this reason, the program is not structured according to discrete concentrations; it is designed to foster collegial relationships between students and faculty who have overlapping approaches to the study of religion but locate themselves in different areas of specialization. The core curriculum of the program is therefore structured around three colloquia where these overlapping approaches come together to create conversation among those who study different places, spaces, texts, rituals, images, and religious traditions. For more details, see Program and Faculty Strengths and Requirements.

The program draws on the various strengths of faculty members at both the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver. In addition to DU’s department of religious studies, faculty from philosophy, anthropology, literature, art history, media studies, psychology and international studies play an active role in the JDP.

With the guidance of faculty, students define their academic specializations through course work, comprehensive exams, and the completion of a dissertation.