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DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM:
Associate Professor Adam H. Becker
The Center for Religion and Media at New York University is one of ten Centers of Excellence funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts from 2003–2007. The Center continues with an endowment from NYU to stimulate innovative research and teaching in the interdisciplinary study of religion. The Center seeks to develop interdisciplinary, cross-cultural knowledge of how religious practices and ideas are shaped and spread through a variety of media. It provides a space for scholarly endeavor, a stage for public educational events and an electronic interface with scholars, journalists and the public through its innovative web journal, The Revealer: A Daily Review of Religion and the Press.
Master of Arts Program in Religious Studies
This multidisciplinary program seeks to prepare students with both knowledge of a religious world and the tools to study that world, including language training where appropriate. The program for each candidate for the Master of Arts degree in religious studies consists of 32 points of course work (eight courses) in addition to either a thesis project or an exam. All students are required to take RELST-GA 1001, Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (4 points). The other seven courses (28 points) are elective on religious life and practice combining a disciplinary and a cultural focus. Courses often speak to both areas of study (e.g., History of 19th-Century American Christianity uses a historical approach to cover religious life in the United States). Therefore, a student’s course trajectory will be worked out with close faculty advice. By graduation, students should have a grasp of the tools of at least one disciplinary focus and a working knowledge of at least one cultural area.