Religious Studies

SMU's Graduate Program in Religious Studies conceives the study of religion as a humanistic discipline, encompassing a variety of methods and approaches. It is designed to prepare students for both teaching and scholarship, whether in departments of religious studies or in theological seminaries. To this end, the program places a high premium on independent study carried out under the personal direction of a distinguished faculty.

The program draws support from the University's various schools and research centers--primarily from the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College and the Perkins School of Theology, but also from the Departments of History, Philosophy, and Anthropology, and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. It is supported bibliographically by the University's five main libraries, most particularly by the renowned Bridwell Library, which has distinctive collections in religion and theology and state-of-the-art research facilities.