Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies - Religion and Critical Thought (RCT) Program By Brown University |Top Universities

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies - Religion and Critical Thought (RCT)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies - Religion and Critical Thought (RCT)

  • Degree MDiv
  • Study Level PHD
  • Duration 24 months
The graduate program in Religious Studies at Brown is one of the finest in the nation. From among a large pool of highly qualified applicants, the department admits four to six doctoral students a year. Our students receive five years of full funding; additional funding is possible but not guaranteed. The department's graduates have an excellent placement record, teaching in such institutions as Harvard, Stanford, Indiana University, University of California, Brooklyn College, Reed College, Haverford, and University of Wisconsin (Madison). Current graduate students have distinguished themselves by presenting papers at international conferences and earning recognition and support from prestigious external funding organizations. We offer Ph.D. studies in three areas: Asian Religious Traditions (ART) Religion and Critical Thought (RCT) Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RAM) (including Ancient Judaism, early Christianity, early Islam, and numerous others) For more information on these programs, please click on the program link above In all programs, our goal is to combine specialized, rigorous training with a common and more general disciplinary approach to the study of religion. We do not offer a general Masters program, although under exceptional circumstances we will consider applications for a specialized MA program in one of the three designated areas. Doctoral students are normally expected to complete two years of coursework beyond their Masters degree (or three years post-baccalaureate). These courses are primarily drawn from seminars offered by departmental faculty, but also include individual reading courses as well as courses in other departments, such as Classics, Philosophy, History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Political Science, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. The third year is spent preparing for and taking Preliminary Exams, and the remaining years are devoted to developing the dissertation prospectus and researching and writing the dissertation. RCT students in this program focus on issues, problems, and texts concerning: Philosophy and religion Religious ethics (that is, the interrelation among religion, ethics, and politics) Theory of religion The program endeavors to integrate these areas, encouraging students to work at the intersection of normative and critical approaches, topics and disciplines. Given the program's emphasis on theory and critical thought, students are given broad exposure to classic and contemporary issues, problems, and texts associated with philosophy of religion, ethics, social-scientific theory, theology, and political philosophy. At the same time, students are required to gain competence in at least one religious tradition in order to lend specificity to critical reflection on various aspects of religion and the study of religion. This program based on Religion and Critical Thought (RCT).