2020-2021 Bulletin 
    
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Bulletin

Religion, MA


The Master of Arts in Religion is designed to give students a strong foundation in the scholarly study of religion.  The degree provides preparation for doctoral studies in religion and other related disciplines. Career-wise, the program contributes a foundational background for those interested in a wide range of work and service in religious communities and other professional fields, including research and teaching in the field of religious studies.

Students admitted to the MA in Religion should refer to the Religion Student Handbook for the year in which they begin the program for complete details.

Admission requirements are detailed in the Admission  section of the Bulletin.

Degree Requirements

Coursework.   The Master’s degree requires completion of 40 units.  All MA and PhD students are required to take REL 301 - “Contemporary Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion.” This course will review preeminent contemporary theorists and methods (ca. 1970-present), highlighting those essential to the department’s major areas of study. Further course requirements vary according to concentration

Language Requirement/Research Tool.  Primary text language requirements vary by concentration. All master’s students are required to complete a Research Tool.  Generally this is done by demonstrating competency in at least one modern language, such as German, French, or Spanish.  Competency is typically accomplished by passing a written translation exam.  In some cases, according to concentration, students may take a research methodology course to satisfy the Research Tool requirement.  This is at the discretion of the advisor.

Thesis.  A thesis is required, the topic for which is selected in consultation with the student’s advisor or advisory committee.

University Policies.  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.

Critical Comparative Scriptures Concentration


History of Christianity & Religions of North American Concentration


Philosophy of Religion and Theology Concentration


American Studies Concentration


Students will work closely with a faculty advisor to pursue an intellectually unified course of study that will include seminars in their department as well as seminars cross-listed with participating CGU departments and The Claremont Colleges. A minimum of four seminars should be taken in the student’s home department, and a minimum of two seminars in other disciplines. Interested students should discuss this concentration with their advisor.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools.  Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

 

Early Modern Studies Concentration


The Early Modern Studies concentration encompasses study in the disciplines of English, History, and Philosophy, while retaining disciplinary focus in one of those fields.  Students interested in this concentration should consult with Dr. Lori Anne Ferrell.

For master’s students, this discrete course of study complements coursework in archival and museum studies and/or prepares students for application to doctoral programs in early modern, Renaissance, or Reformation literature, history, or philosophy.

For doctoral students, the concentration prepares students for research and teaching at the college or university level.

Coursework 

Coursework requirements complement and do not replace departmental/program requirements, and are as follows:

  • Five courses in the early modern period (for English or History, 1500-1750 | for Philosophy, 1600-1800), of which two courses must be in a discipline other than the one in which the student is receiving the degree.
  • Course in Paleography
  • Course in Latin Reading (this course is not required but may be taken for credit; fulfillment of the research tool in Latin is by exam only)
  • One course or workshop based upon bibliographic inquiry into the extensive collections of modern print and manuscripts housed in the Special Collections of the The Claremont Colleges Library

Research Tools 

For MA students, the Early Modern Studies concentration requires a second Research Tool.  The two Research Tools for the concentration must be completed through language exams in German or French and in Latin.  If a Latin Reading course is taken in preparation for the exam, this course may be used for credit toward the degree/concentration.

For PhD students, the Early Modern Studies concentration requires a third Research Tool.  The three Research Tools for the concentration must be completed through language exams in German, French, and Latin.  If a Latin Reading course is taken in preparation for the exam, this course may be used for credit toward the degree/concentration.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools.  Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

Hemispheric and Transnational Studies Concentration


Requirements
For MA Students
  • 16 units in seminars designated as “hemispheric or transnational” in scope
  • A capstone/final paper  (in Cultural Studies only) on hemispheric or transnational literatures or cultural theories
  • One language requirement (Research Tool) in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Creole (other languages may be considered by student request.) 
For PhD Students  
  • 16 units in seminars designated as “hemispheric or transnational” in scope
  • A capstone/final paper  (in Cultural Studies only) on hemispheric or transnational literatures or cultural theories
  • One language requirement (Research Tool) in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Creole (other languages may be considered by student request.)
  • Either a major or a minor qualifying field examination in Hemispheric/Transnational Studies (determined in consultation with the advisor).

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools.  Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

 

Media Studies Concentration


Coursework. 12 units of approved Media Studies courses, taught by faculty of CGU or The Claremont Colleges, are required. For Cultural Studies students, one of the student’s Research Methods courses must be int he field of Media Studies.

Internship. A four-unit Internship course is optional. Internships are scheduled for approximately 100 hours.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools. Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

Museum Studies Concentration


Coursework. 8 units of approved courses in Museum Theory and History are required.

Internship. A four-unit Internship is optional. Internships are scheduled for approximately 100 hours.

Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools. Students should always consult with their academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.

School of Arts and Humanities Practical Experience Milestone


Students in all departments of the School of Arts and Humanities must meet the Practical Experience Milestone through one of the following:

  • A Teaching Assistantship
  • A Research Assistantship
  • An external teaching opportunity, in one or more semesters student is enrolled
  • A research project with CGU or Consortium Faculty (5C’s, KGI)
  • One or more articles prepared or prepared and submitted for publication, single or co­ authored
  • One or more academic book reviews prepared or prepared and submitted for publication
  • One or more exhibition proposals, prepared or prepared and implemented
  • A music recital
  • Completion of one or more semesters in Doctoral Studies that includes relevant work experience and/or progress on the doctoral dissertation
  • Preparing and submitting the MA thesis
  • Attending an Academic Conference (either to give a paper or as an attendee)
  • Doing an Internship (paid or unpaid, for credit or not for credit)
  • Additional employment or project that the department considers as providing appropriate professional training, particularly for students not considering the academic teaching track

Students must have their milestone approved by the department prior to the submission of their completed Final Approval Form. This milestone is to be completed during the time to degree at CGU (7 years for doctoral students, 5 years for masters students). Extensions of Time to Degree citing the milestone will not be approved. Students may have a maximum of 4 years of experience for the Practical Experience Milestone.