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Interdisciplinary Study of Religions

Bard College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
New York City
English
Fall
Application deadline: Early Applications Due: November 1, Regular Applications Due: January 1

About this program

Interdisciplinary Study of Religions

At Bard, the study of religion is undertaken as an interdisciplinary examination of various ways in which religion operates in and affects life. Courses in the program approach religion through multiple questions and perspectives, including the study of scripture, the performance of religion in everyday life, intersections of religion and politics, religion and material culture, and the evolution of concepts like tradition, modernity, and secularism. Moderation in religion equips students in the key methods and approaches in the humanities and social sciences while also familiarizing them with central doctrines, practices, and narratives of major religious traditions.

Admission requirements

International Students:

Required materials:

  • Apply using the Common Application.
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
  • School Report (Form is generally completed by a high school counselor and includes a school profile.)
  • Teacher recommendations (Two are required: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor and one from a math or science instructor.)
  • TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test. All international applicants who speak a foreign language other than English as their primary language must submit a completed TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test.
  • Students who attend High Schools with full English instruction may request to be considered for a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver, Subject: International Applicant - TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver

Optional materials:

  • In addition to the TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo requirement, we recommend participating in the optional English Proficiency supplements with one of our two service partners: IntialView or Vericant.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

Program majors are required to take three courses in religion prior to Moderation and three elective courses in religion thereafter. In total, courses must be taken in at least three of the religious traditions offered in the curriculum: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. After Moderation, enrollment in Sacred Pursuits is required of juniors, while seniors must enroll in Religion Colloquium in addition to the Senior Project. The purpose of the 2-credit Colloquium is to foster a community of scholarship among students and faculty and to prepare public presentations of independent research.

Requirements for concentration in the program include any two courses in religion prior to Moderation, and two elective courses in religion thereafter. In total, courses must be taken in at least two different religious traditions. Juniors must enroll in Sacred Pursuits, while seniors are encouraged to enroll in Religion Colloquium.

Students are also expected to study a language relevant to the particular religion or area of study that provides the focus for their Senior Project. Relevant languages taught at Bard include Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, and Sanskrit.

The Senior Project in the Interdisciplinary Study of Religions Program will ideally be the culmination of the student’s investigation of religion at Bard and should reflect a sustained analysis of a carefully defined topic in the critical study of religion.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition

First-Year Students

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $225

Returning Resident

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

Returning Off-Campus

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $0
  • Campus facilities fee: $352
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

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