The Religion PhD program provides an opportunity for qualified students to do graduate work in this discipline at the highest level and in the university setting. It provides preparation for research and teaching in graduate theological education and in the college and university setting where religion is taught as one of the liberal arts and in relation to other such disciplines, particularly the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The Baylor program offers work in four areas: New Testament, Old Testament, Historical Studies, and Theological Studies (Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics, Contemporary Theology, Religion and Literature). If you are unsure of which concentration you should apply for (particularly deciding between Historical Studies and Theological Studies), please contact the Graduate Studies Office Academic and Student Support Associate or the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Jim Nogalski.
For the Ph.D. in religion, a total of fifty-seven (57) hours is required; nine (9) dissertation hours and thirty-nine (39) semester hours (minimum) as indicated here:
|Religion Major||Religion Cognate||Elective Courses|
5000 level courses in Religion Cognate Area (3 -three hour seminars)
Graduate courses within the religion Department but not in the major or cognate field; or graduate courese in another department (2 - three hour seminars)
The requirement of foreign languages as research tools is related to the major field of study and to research needs. The basic requirement is intermediate proficiency in two foreign languages, one of which must be attained prior to the fall semester. Methods for achieving the proficiency are described in the Graduate School Catalog. The following statements indicate the basic policy in each area:
Additional language study may be required in relation to research needs. One language must be completed before the beginning of course work in the fall semester, and the faculty recommends that all language work be completed in summer sessions. All foreign language requirements must be completed before students begin the last twenty-four semester hours of course work.
Doctoral students will take preliminary examinations at the completion of course work. Each student is required to take three preliminary examinations within the student's field of specialization.
Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. with a major in religion requires 1) satisfaction of foreign language requirements; 2) satisfactory completion of preliminary examinations; 3) approval of student's dissertation prospectus by Religion Graduate Faculty; and 4) certification by the Dean of the Graduate School.
The purpose of the teaching colloquy is to help students 1) gain insights into the intellectual development of students; 2) learn practical approaches to classroom instruction; 3) receive exposure to modern theories of teaching and learning; and 4) receive assistance in preparing for the employment application process.
Graduate Ph.D. students may receive the opportunity to teach courses within the religion department. Students wishing to teach must meet the following requirements:
The final stage in the doctoral work is the satisfactory completion of a dissertation in accordance with guidelines provided by the Department and by the Graduate School.
|Before 1st year||1st Modern Foreign Language|
|First Year||10 hours (3 courses + colloquium)||10 hours|
|Between 1st & 2nd years||2nd Modern Foreign Languate and Prelim Prep|
|Second year||10 hours||10 hours|
|Between 2nd & 3rd years||Prelim Prep and/or additional language|
|Third year||7 hours (2 courses + colloquium)||1 hours (colloquium); Prelim Prep: Prelim Exams; Submit Topic Proposal|
|End of third year||Submit Prospectus (Aug/Sept)|
|Fourth year||Prospectus & Dissertation||Dissertation & Teaching Colloquy|
|Fifth year||Dissertation, Teaching and Graduation!|