Areas of Study

The Divinity School's curriculum is organized into three core committees and two additional areas of study. The Committees and areas of study are mutually interactive, as subjects can be studied from different vantage points.

Each of the Committees identifies and focuses on particular questions and methods in the study of religion. Students in the doctoral program choose one committee in which to specialize, but they take courses and exams across areas. Students in the AMRS, MA and MDiv programs take classes across the areas of study and are free to pursue special interests in depth.

The Committee on Constructive Studies in Religion comprises Religious Ethics, Philosophy of Religions, and Theology. Historical Studies in Religion comprises Bible, History of Christianity, and History of Judaism. Religion and the Human Sciences comprises History of Religions, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, and Religion, Literature and Visual Culture). Two areas of doctoral study, Islamic Studies and Religions in the Americas, are not associated with one Committee.