Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion

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Dual Degree
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Adult Education
Description 1

The University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology's joint doctoral program in the study of religion prepares students for independent research and teaching in religious and theological studies. It's structured to provide a rigorous, individualized program of study and research for students planning careers in higher education or as public intellectuals. The program offers six areas of specialization, enabling students to work at the intersection of different disciplines:

  • Bible, Ancient Judaism, Early Christianity
  • Religion, Art, and Media
  • Social Justice, Race and Identity
  • Religion and Politics
  • Theories of Religion
  • Religion and the Human Experience
Description 2

Another distinctive aspect of the program is that it draws on the strengths of faculty members throughout the University, as well as faculty at the Iliff School of Theology. This inter-institutional collaboration enables features such as interdisciplinary, team-taught research seminars, as well as special lectures and events. Students can pursue complementary certificate programs in pedagogy, religion and international studies, and Latinx studies. With the opportunity to develop skills and abilities across disciplines, many graduates find positions as faculty members or administrators in higher education, while others choose careers within religious organizations, institutes, counseling centers and government agencies.

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