Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies - Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RAM) Program By Brown University |Top Universities

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies - Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RAM)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies - Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RAM)

  • 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. RAM students focus on the interdisciplinary study of religion throughout the ancient Mediterranean and west Asia. Choosing both a major and a related minor area, students examine ancient religions synchronically and diachronically, understanding how they formed and functioned in their social, intellectual, and political contexts. Students may choose as either a major or a minor field work in Israelite religion Judean religion (Judaism) from the fifth century CE to the first century CE Judean religion (Judaism) from the first century CE to the seventh century CE (including rabbinics and/or the Greco-Roman Diaspora) Greek religion Roman religion Early Christianity (first-fourth centuries CE) Christianity in Late Antiquity (fourth-seventh centuries CE) Early Islam In addition to these, students may choose as a minor field of only: Egyptian religion Mesopotamian religion This program based on Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RAM).