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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Religious Studies (REL)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 38.0201
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Religious Studies Department (REL)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Gil Ben-Herut
Phone: 813-974-1852
Email: gilb@usf.edu

Website: http://religious-studies.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information


The M.A. degree in Religious Studies provides opportunities for students with backgrounds in the scholarly study of religion to expand their knowledge of the social, cultural, and historical contexts of religion, to develop a greater in-depth knowledge of particular religious traditions, and to acquire proficiency with a wide variety of pertinent methodologies and theoretical perspectives. This degree serves the needs of students interested in teaching or counseling. It will be of special value to those interested in pursuing a doctorate in religious studies. It will be of special value to those interested in pursuing a doctorate in religious studies.

Major Research Areas
Biblical Studies, Biblical Archaeology, Christianity, Judaism, Mysticism, Philosophy of Religion, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Chinese Medicine, Religion in Culture and Society, African Religion, African-American Religion, Afro-Caribbean Religion

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, and
  • A writing sample
  • A personal statement (1-3 pages, double-spaced)
  • GRE required, but no minimum specified

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Students select a major professor and develop a plan for completing a minimum of 30 credit hours. The thesis track requires six (6) of these credits be devoted to a thesis project. The non-thesis track requires that all 30 credits come from graduate seminars. The plan of study is subject to approval of the Graduate Committee. A majority of these courses will be in religious studies, although the plan may include approved courses in other departments. There is no uniform language requirement; however, language skills may be required for particular areas of study. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a written, comprehensive examination wherein they demonstrate competence in:

  • pertinent theoretical issues and research methodologies
  • the analysis and interpretation of related texts, artifacts, and activities
  • social and historical contexts of the religions studied

The Department of Religious Studies "Graduate Student Handbook" should be consulted for additional information about basic requirements and specific procedures.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS

15

RLG6035

Theory and Methods in Religious Studies

3

Courses in Western Religions (Christianity, Judaism, or Islam)
Courses in Eastern Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, or Confucianism)

6
6

Elective Requirements

15 minimum

No more than six (6) hours may come from independent study/directed reading.
No more than six (6) hours may come from departments other than Religious Studies.

6
6

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

Non-Thesis
The student wishing to receive an M.A. degree without a thesis is required to take a minimum of 36 credits. The will complete the core requirements and twenty-one (21) hours of elective credits. The student will also pass a comprehensive exam.

Thesis
The student will pass a comprehensive exam prior to defending the master's thesis.

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

6

REL6971

Thesis: Master's

6

The student wishing to receive an M.A. degree with a thesis is required to take a minimum of 30 credits. The student will complete the core requirements and at least nine (9) hours of elective credits. They will also complete a minimum of six (6) credits of REL 6971. They will research, write, and successfully defend the master's thesis before a committee of three professors.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

30

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

REL6035, REL6971,