The Master of Arts in Women’s Studies in Religion introduces students to women’s issues across religious traditions and a wide variety of feminist scholarship in this richly expanding field.

The MA in Women’s Studies in Religion is designed to introduce students to the field of feminist scholarship in religion. Our program addresses a vital need for more scholars whose training addresses gender and identity and how different religious traditions approach sexuality and spirituality. As is true of other CGU programs, the program gives you the flexibility to design your own course of study in line with core courses that will introduce you to important methodologies in these fields. You will study and build close working relationships with expert faculty-scholars, learning side by side with doctoral students as you prepare to become a teacher, enter a doctoral program, or consider careers outside academia.

Program Highlights
  • Interdisciplinary concentrations are available to Religion students, including American Studies, Continental Philosophy, Early Modern Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, and Museum Studies.
  • Women’s Studies in Religion students meet once a month for an Advisory Group Meeting held in the home of one of the faculty members, thus gaining an opportunity to get answers to questions and bond with classmates.
  • You can take courses and interact with faculty and students in other CGU departments and at The Claremont Colleges in such areas as Asian religions, African American religions, New Testament, women’s studies, and U.S. history.
  • The program allows students great flexibility in designing their studies while core courses introduce students to important methodologies in these fields
  • You will have access to the libraries of CGU, Claremont University Consortium, and the Claremont School of Theology (CST), which offer more than two million volumes, more than 250,000 in the field of religion alone.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
48 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,847

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEPARTMENT
Religion

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Women’s Studies in Religion

Featured Courses

REL 304
Introduction to Women’s Studies in Religion

Explores the rapidly expanding field of Women’s Studies in Religion from a multi-cultural and multi-religious perspective.

REL 363
Major Interpreters in the Study of Religion

Analyzes methodological issues in the study of religion through a reading of classic theories of religion (e.g., Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Freud, and Otto), as well as notable examples of contemporary theory and interpretation.

REL 457
Body, Gender & Sexuality in Early Christianity

Surveys recent feminist thinkers on gender systems and constructions of the body to explore early Christian literature on asceticism, martyrdom and theologies of sexuality.

REL 362
Theories of Religion

Takes an in-depth survey of the major theories of religion as they are portrayed through some of their influential interpreters in the post-Enlightenment West.

REL 416
Religion in America: 1865-present

Explores some of the most important and innovative recent scholarly work examining the significance and shape of religion in the modern United States.

REL 407
Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion

Explores ancient Mesopotamian religion and, in the process, unpacks many modern notions of what constitutes religion by looking at texts, religious structures, references to religious officials, and other artifacts.

Additional Program Requirements

MA Unit Requirements

Research Tools Requirement

Thesis and oral defense

Faculty & Research

  • Patrick Mason profile image

    Patrick Mason

    Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
    Associate Professor of Religion
    Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies

    Research Interests

    Religion, Mormonism, Peace studies, American religious history

  • Tammi J. Schneider profile image

    Tammi J. Schneider

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Ancient Near Eastern history, literature, archaeology, and religion;
    Women in the Hebrew Bible

  • Ingolf Dalferth profile image

    Ingolf Dalferth

    Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion

    Research Interests

    Philosophical and theological hermeneutics, Ecumenical theology, Subjectivity theory, Religion and emotion

  • Anselm Min profile image

    Anselm Min

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Theology of globalization, Liberation theology, Religious pluralism, Comparative theology, Contemporary systematic theology, Postmodern philosophy and theology

  • Ruqayya Y. Khan profile image

    Ruqayya Y. Khan

    Associate Professor of Religion
    Malas Chair of Islamic Studies
    Chair, Religion Department

    Research Interests

    The Qur'an, Arabic literatures, Progressive Islamic theologies, Women in Islam, Islam and environmental ethics, Islam and the digital age

Interdisciplinary Concentrations

As a student in the School of Arts & Humanities, you have the option of completing one of six interdisciplinary concentrations.

American Studies

The American Studies concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, society, civilization, and identity through the curricular lenses of history, literature, critical theory, and more.

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Continental Philosophy

This concentration explores Continental Philosophy in relation to the historical roots it shares with Analytic Philosophy—specifically the work of Descartes, Kant, and Plato. Faculty-scholars teach a wide range of figures in Continental Philosophy.

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Early Modern Studies

The Early Modern Studies concentration undertakes interdisciplinary examination of history, culture, politics, and society within the transitional and transformative period that stretched between Medieval and modern societies, marked especially by the advent of print, Christian confessional war, and the rise of the modern state.

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Hemispheric & Transnational Studies

A comparative analysis of culture in the Americas, the concentration in Hemispheric & Transnational Studies explores how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, religion, and revolution.

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Media Studies

Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.

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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies concentration investigates the history and political role of museums in society, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.

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These concentrations are available for students pursuing the following degree programs:
 

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