The Religion and Culture academic area at the Catholic University of America emphasizes analysis of the ways that religious expressions have transformed cultures and have been transformed by them. The area's programs utilize the methods of the social sciences and humanities in the study of religion, emphasizing the human and cultural dimensions of religious life. These methods may include anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary theory, history, phenomenology, ritual studies, and others.
The purpose of the M.A. comprehensive examination is to enable the student to develop a synthesized understanding of issues and problems in the area of religion and culture. The examination consists of two parts administered on separate days, the first dealing with foundational questions in the study of religion and the Catholic tradition, and the second addressing more specialized topics in the field of religion and culture.
The questions for the exam are based on area reading lists corresponding to its two parts as well as on the student's coursework. The M.A. comprehensive examination is normally taken in the final semester of coursework, on dates designated in that semester's academic calendar.
- Theological Foundations
- History and Method in Theology
- Nine credits in religion and culture courses, including three credits devoted to the cross-cultural study of religion or the study of a religious tradition other than Christianity
- Nine additional credits from courses offered by academic areas other than Religion and Culture within the School of Theology and Religious Studies
- Six credits in directed research, either in two 800-level seminars (at least one of which should be in the area of Religion and Culture), or a master's thesis
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Religious Studies & Theology View 804 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United States
- Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
- Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
- Demonstrate English language proficiency
- Submit confirmation of financial support
- Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
- Receive your admission packet with visa information
- Secondary School Report
- Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts
International52190 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.
National52190 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.
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