What will I learn?

Taking the department's motto seriously studying religion in culture this MA degree explores cross-disciplinary theories on social formation and applies them to the study of religion, seeing each site studied as a test case in identity formation. Unlike other graduate programs in the study of religion, the MA in Religion in Culture at The University of Alabama therefore presses beyond mere description and cross-cultural comparison to use social theory to understand the effects that narratives, practices, classification systems, and institutional structures have on social groups and their members always doing so with an eye toward training students to use innovative technologies to effectively communicate their findings to wide audiences.

Two Key Foundations

The premise of the degree is that the work taking place in our field has wide relevance. Promoting both critical analysis and innovative communication skills are therefore the cornerstones of this MA. While all students will carry out their own independent research and gain co-writing experience with their supervisor, courses will require them to produce both original article-length research papers as well as create innovative digital presentations. In consultation with their supervisor, their culminating thesis project will emphasize one or the other of these two modes of scholarly communication allowing students to tailor the thesis to suit their own interests and career plans.

Supervision

Supervisors are assigned by the graduate committee when a student is accepted into the program, making the statement of purpose a crucial element of the application process, inasmuch as it is the primary means by which the graduate committee determines whether there is sufficient overlap of its expertise with incoming students' interests and needs. (This assignment is open to revision, at the discretion of the graduate director, should student interests change.)

Degree Structure

The 36 credit hour graduate degree (2 years of course work, including the final thesis) focuses on providing students with two critical foundations: (I) becoming conversant in contemporary social theory and applying it to their area of interest in the study of religion and (ii) developing competencies in the tools of the public, digital humanities. In their first semester students will not only be reading widely in social theory (and applying it to an historical, regional, or ethnographic example of their choice) but will also be gaining familiarity with a wide variety of digital tools -- from video and audio recording and editing, to making web pages and working with "big data" -- that will assist them to share those findings.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $15,125.00 per semester for 9-15 hours.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

12 January 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

First floor, Clark Hall,

TUSCALOOSA,

Alabama,

35487, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International application must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission.

For international students

International application must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): The minimum score of admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 59.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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