Study of Religion

About the Program

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Students gain advanced knowledge of the literatures of particular religious traditions and the intersections of these with contemporary thematic and regional phenomena including values, ethics and human rights; modernity, science and secularism; visual culture, media and technology; language, rhetoric and performance; body and praxis; and theory and method. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching in religious studies.

Degree Type
Departmentally-Based Graduate Program
Degrees Offered
M.A. Plan II by exception only
Ph.D. Plan C
Lead Dean

College of Letters and Science


Admissions and Fellowship Information

Admission Deadlines
General: Jan 15, 2023
Space Available: May 1, 2023
Internal Fellowship Deadlines
Prospective Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2023
Continuing Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2023

Program Contact Information

Primary Program Contacts

Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator
Maria Ruby
(530) 752-2239 | mruby@ucdavis.edu

Graduate Program Chair

Graduate Program Chair
Archana Venkatesan
(530) 754-2821 | avenkatesan@ucdavis.edu

Additional Contacts

Program Contacts

Advisor: Admissions and Primary Contact
Archana Venkatesan
Comparative Literature
(530) 754-2821 | avenkatesan@ucdavis.edu

Graduate Studies Contacts

Internal Fellowship Analyst
Heidi West
(530) 754-9473 | hewest@ucdavis.edu

External Fellowship Analyst
Yvette Garcia
ycgarcia@ucdavis.edu