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Religious Studies

Administrative Unit:Religious Studies
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Minors and Certificates:Ph.D. Minor

Faculty: Professors DuBois (Director) (Scandinavian Studies), Bowie (Anthropology), Brantly (Scandinavian Studies), Brenner (Hebrew and Semitic Studies/Jewish Studies), Buhnemann (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Chamberlain (History), Cohen (History), Dale (Art History), Elder (Sociology/Languages and Cultures of Asia), Hardin (Zoology), Hildner (Spanish and Portuguese), Howard (Communication Arts), Kaplan (Law), Kornblatt (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Koshar (History), Langer (French and Italian), Loewenstein (English), Miernowski (French and Italian), Moore (Psychology), Murray (Art History), Nadler (Philosophy), Narayan (Anthropology), Numbers (History of Science/Medical History and Bioethics), Ohnuki-Tierney (Anthropology), Pekarsky (Educational Policy Studies/Jewish Studies), Phillips (Art History), Schamiloglu (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Schleicher (African Languages and Literature), Schulenberg (Women's Studies), Wandel (History), Whitehead (Anthropology), Winichakul (History), Wink (History), Wolf (Scandinavian Studies), Yandell (Philosophy), Zaeske (Communication Arts); Associate Professors Davis (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Gade (Languages and Cultures of Asia/Religious Studies), Hansen (Languages and Cultures of Asia/Religious Studies), Hsia (History of Science), Livanos (Comparative Literature), Schweber (Curriculum and Instruction/Jewish Studies), Shoemaker (History), Thal (History), Troxel (Hebrew and Semitic Studies); Assistant Professors Allen (Scandinavian Studies), Meulenbeld (East Asian Languages and Literature), Rosenblum (Hebrew and Semitic Studies), Shelef (Political Science); Lecturers Carlsson (History), Mellor (Scandinavian Studies), Rosenhagen (Religious Studies)


Religious studies has emerged as one of the most significant interdisciplinary programs on campus. It includes faculty from more than twenty departments and offers dozens of courses covering all of the world's major and many of its minor religious traditions. Chronologically, the program's offerings range from ancient to modern times; geographically, they span the globe; and methodologically, they range across the humanities and social studies, with special attention to the theories and methods which have developed in the field of religious studies itself. The program does not offer a separate graduate degree, but the Religious Studies Program does award a minor to students enrolled for the Ph.D. in other departments. In exceptional circumstances, students admitted to a doctoral degree-granting department may be granted permission to pursue a special committee doctorate in religious studies; for information on such degrees, contact the Graduate School.

Ph.D. Minor 

Students interested in a Ph.D. minor in religious studies select an advisor from faculty in their field of interest. Minors are expected to achieve a grade of B or better in four Religious Studies Program courses totaling at least ten credits at the 300 level or above. One of these four courses must deal with approaches to religion. Students must register for crosslisted courses from within religious studies rather than from within any crosslisting department. The Ph.D. minor planning form and certification form, along with a list of courses satisfying the approaches requirement, are available in the program office and on its Web site.

For more information: Religious Studies Program, 7143 Sewell Social Sciences Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-265-1854; rsp@wisc.edu; religiousstudies.lss.wisc.edu/index.html.