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Religious Studies & Theology

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Religious studies and theology focus on the supernatural, sacred or divine and the moral code, ritual practices, dogmas, values or associated institutions. Religion has several functions that are expressed through the human behaviour: cognitive or action function, anxiety reduction, social function, compensation and identity. This interdisciplinary field studies the impact of religion in the international environment and the presence of traditions in the modern world. Research focuses on different approaches on religions and its place in history.

Religious studies and theology are concerned with the study of the spiritual beliefs and their particular characteristics and their expression in nowadays society. A Bachelor’s degree in religious studies and theology can specialize in culture, conflict, librarianship, economics, geography, history and others.

The study of one or several religions equips the graduate of a Master’s degree in religious studies and theology with skills and knowledge that may lead to a career as a priest/minister, teacher/lecturer, advice worker, community development worker and others.

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Suggested Online Programmes Religious Studies & Theology

Postgrad.Cert. Religious Studies and Education

Jointly sponsored by Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School, the Religious Studies and Education certificate from Harvard University provides educators a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in public school classrooms or in other educational settings focused on learning about religion.

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Master Religion

Explore the history, texts, and functions of religion within different societies and cultures, gaining a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary issues around religion. The Master of Liberal Arts, Religion degree from Harvard University consists of nine courses—three of which you take to gain admission—and a thesis. You study through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

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Short Course Options in Religion

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Religion, such as "World Religions", "Religion, the Arts, and Social Change" and "From Saint Peter to Pope Francis: The Papacy in the History of Christianity".

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