MA Program in Religious Studies
for intercultural and interreligious dialogue
Rome as a city & Italy as a country are the quintessential locations for any scholar of religion. The MA Program in Religious Studies offers an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse study of religion with the focus on the historical, social, and cultural context of Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean. It enables students to study various religious traditions that played an important role in the history and culture of Rome, such as ancient Etruscan and Roman religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Students will have a unique opportunity to study the history of religion, development of religious teachings, practices and institutions on site. In addition, an opportunity to study religious art and architecture is one of the most important parts of this program. Students will study them, in one of the world’s most important religious and cultural cities.
The program addresses the critical societal need to promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The Program in Religious Studies is based on the assumption that research and study of particular religious traditions contribute to the promotion of religious and cultural diversity, and cross-cultural cooperation.
With this MA, students will be able to either seek employment with organizations related to religions and religious dialogue, or to pursue research at the Ph.D. level.
Duration: 15 months
Start date: Fall 2015
Three core courses: 15 credits total
Five electives: 15 credits total
Thesis: 6 credits total
Bachelor’s degree in Humanities or Social Sciences and excellent knowledge of English.