Study of Religion (Graduate Group)

Seth Sanders, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Program Office. 210 Sproul Hall; 530-752-2239; Fax 530-752-8630; http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty

Seth Sanders, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Program Office. 210 Sproul Hall; 530-752-2239; Fax 530-752-8630; http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in the Study of Religion offers students classical training in the literatures of particular religious traditions, and they are encouraged to understand these traditions at the intersection of contemporary thematic and regional phenomena.

Students have the opportunity to concentrate primarily on one of three regional specializations: American religious cultures, Mediterranean religions, and Asian religions. An additional regional specialization typically serves as a secondary area of competence. Students further shape their scholarship through intensive engagement in one of the following thematic specializations: Values, Ethics, and Human Rights; Modernity, Science, and Secularism; Visual Culture, Media, and Technology; Language, Rhetoric, and Performance; Body and Praxis; Theory and Method.

This curriculum guides students through a rigorous course of study, providing the breadth and depth necessary to produce exciting, rigorous scholarship at forefront of the field of Religious Studies. Graduate Group training prepares students for careers in academia as well as in the government and the private sector.

Preparation. Admission to the Graduate Group requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a discipline relevant to the study of religion, as well as preparation in at least one language relevant to the intended area of primary research. The group requires three letters of recommendation and a sample of recent written work. The general GRE is also required.

Graduate Advisor. Contact the Group office.

While an M.A. degree may be obtained while pursuing a Ph.D. degree, only Ph.D. applications will be accepted.

Seth Sanders, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Program Office. 210 Sproul Hall; 530-752-2239; Fax 530-752-8630; http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in the Study of Religion offers students classical training in the literatures of particular religious traditions, and they are encouraged to understand these traditions at the intersection of contemporary thematic and regional phenomena.

Students have the opportunity to concentrate primarily on one of three regional specializations: American religious cultures, Mediterranean religions, and Asian religions. An additional regional specialization typically serves as a secondary area of competence. Students further shape their scholarship through intensive engagement in one of the following thematic specializations: Values, Ethics, and Human Rights; Modernity, Science, and Secularism; Visual Culture, Media, and Technology; Language, Rhetoric, and Performance; Body and Praxis; Theory and Method.

This curriculum guides students through a rigorous course of study, providing the breadth and depth necessary to produce exciting, rigorous scholarship at forefront of the field of Religious Studies. Graduate Group training prepares students for careers in academia as well as in the government and the private sector.

Preparation. Admission to the Graduate Group requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a discipline relevant to the study of religion, as well as preparation in at least one language relevant to the intended area of primary research. The group requires three letters of recommendation and a sample of recent written work. The general GRE is also required.

Graduate Advisor. Contact the Group office.


Courses in REL:
REL 200AHistorical Roots of the Study of Religion (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Consideration of the historical and philosophical formation of religion as a concept. Treats the emergence of religion as a category of analysis and understanding from the Reformation through the Enlightenment. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 200BFoundational Theories of Religion (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Survey of classical 19th and 20th century approaches to the study of religion. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 200CContemporary Approaches to the Study of Religion (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Consideration of major themes, issues and methods in the contemporary study of religion. Perspectives from diverse cultural settings employed to consider modern historical, philosophical, and social contexts that inform understandings of religion. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 200DField Profile Seminar I and II (1-2) Active
Project (Term Project). Individually guided research to survey the field of study, under the supervision of a faculty member. Four units total over two or more quarters are required by the end of the second year. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 210ASpecial Topics in American Religious Cultures (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of specific topics in American religious cultures. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 210BSpecial Topics in Asian Religious Cultures (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of specific topics in Asian religious cultures. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 210CSpecial Topics in Mediterranean Religious Cultures (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of specific topics in Mediterranean religious cultures. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 230AThematic Topics - Body and Praxis (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of religion through specific topics and themes relating to the body and praxis. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 230BThematic Topics - Language, Rhetoric, and Performance (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of religion through specific topics and themes relating to language, rhetoric, and performance. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 230CThematic Topics - Modernity, Science, and Secularism (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of religion through specific topics and themes relating to modernity, science, and secularism. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 230DThematic Topics - Theory and Method (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of religion through specific topics and themes relating to theory and method. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 230EThematic Topics - Values, Ethics, and Human Rights (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of religion through specific topics and themes relating to values, ethics, and human rights. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 230FThematic Topics - Visual Culture, Media, and Technology (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of religion through specific topics and themes relating to visual culture, media, and technology. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 231BTheories of Language (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Restricted to graduate students. Focuses on historical theories of language that precede and accompany post-structuralist theory. Intended to introduce graduate students to the context of modern theory formation. May cover structuralism, integrationalism, and grammaticalization. (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
REL 231EHistory, Theory and Criticism of Human Rights (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Introduces the advanced study of Human Rights and the theoretical and practical elaboration of the international Human Rights system. Seminar will engage with criticism of Human Rights and develop research and teaching within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks. (Same course as HMR 200A.) (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Group Study May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
REL 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Research May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
REL 299DDissertation Writing (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. program. Dissertation Writing May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.