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Course Requirements - MA

Course Requirements

30 semester hours to be distributed in the following fashion:

  • 24 hours of course work (18 in a major area, 6 in a minor)
  • 6 hours of thesis and related research 

At least twelve of these hours (excluding 7000 -- Master’s Research) must be taken in courses not admitting undergraduates. No more than 6 hours of 7000 may be included on the program of study.


Major Area - 18 hours

A major (18 hours) to be selected from one of the following areas of concentration:

  • American Studies (American Religion, African American Religion, Native American Religion, Southern Religion)
  • Asian Studies (Literature, History, Thought in Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, and/or Shinto)
  • African and African Diaspora Studies
  • Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Biblical World)
  • Christian Studies (Bible & Christian Literature, History, Thought)
  • Islamic Studies (Quran & Islamic Literature, History, Thought and Sufism)
  • Jewish Studies (Hebrew Bible & Jewish Literature, History, Thought)

Minor Area - 6 hours

A minor (6 hours) in an area outside the major field, selected in consultation with the major

professor from the areas of concentration listed above or from other pertinent areas such as:

  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Greco-Roman History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Ancient Near Eastern History

(This list is a suggestion, other minors are available with the approval of your major professor)

Reading Knowledge

A reading knowledge of Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Pali, Sanskrit, French, German, Chinese, Japanese,

or other pertinent language (to be decided upon by the student in consultation with the major

professor). This requirement may be satisfied by departmental examination or successful completion

at the University of Georgia of the third course in the chosen language with a grade of B or above. This

is a Departmental requirement and does not count in your 30 hours above.

GradFIRST Seminar (GRSC 7001)

All incoming graduate students are required to take a 1-hour GradFirst seminar (GRSC 7001) during their first year at UGA. More information on the GradFIRST seminar series is available at This is a university requirement and does not count in your 30 hours above.

RELI 8770

All Graduate students are required to take RELI 8770, “Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion." This is a Departmental requirement and does not count in your 30 hours above.



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