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2019-2020 Theological School Catalog (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
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Doctor of Philosophy

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About the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy is the most advanced research degree in the study of religion. The program has a distinctive scholarly ethos characteristic of the Drew Theological School faculty, who bring a creative, relational, and transformative edge to their scholarly work. The program consists of disciplinary and interdisciplinary coursework, comprehensive examinations, and a dissertation.  


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Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Study

The Theological School’s Graduate Division of Religion supports doctoral study and research in the following areas:

Bible and Cultures: Explore the Bible’s rhetoric, material and political contexts,  interpretation, and ethics within diverse cultures and theoretical frameworks. Study of the Bible’s representations of gender, sexuality, social status, the natural environment, group identity and cultural Others is conducted interactively with such contemporary resources as literary and cultural studies, postcolonial theory, gender studies and queer theory, ecological studies, racial/ethnic studies, and theological and pastoral studies.

Theology and Philosophy: Study philosophical, constructive, pluralist, comparative, and systematic approaches to theology and theological themes. These emphases, supported by the philosophical traditions of pragmatism, phenomenology, process, and poststructuralism, entail strong interests in ecology as well as sex/gender, social-political, and decolonial theory.

Religion and Society: Examine the role of religion and Christianities in relation to social processes and meaning, structures of oppression, and struggles for liberation and wholeness for individuals, communities, and the natural environment. Students engage cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, sociology, Christian social ethics, religion and ecology, pastoral theology, liberative and feminist/womanist theologies, Latino/a religions and Africana diasporic studies.

Ph.D. students may also elect to complete a transdisciplinary concentration:

Africana and African American Religions and Cultures: Study the histories, cultures, religions, philosophies, aspirations, and achievements of African Americans and peoples of African descent in regions of the world that share a history of specific kinds of colonialism.

Religion and Ecology: Study the historical, philosophical, socio-political, and theological influences that have shaped the current planetary context and the array of contemporary global religious ecological voices and emerging eco-theologies.

Women’s and Gender Studies: Examine the diversity of women’s experiences as they are informed by gender, class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, social location, and cultural and national identity. Engage theoretical and methodological insights of feminist thought and gender and queer scholarship.

Wesleyan/Methodist Studies: Study U.S. and global Wesleyan/Methodist history, theology, practices, and organization.

Professional Development

The Ph.D. program provides several opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, and wisdom for careers in teaching, research, and leadership in college, university, and seminary-level education. In addition to attending workshops, colloquia, and trainings, students work as research assistants, teaching assistants, and in academically-relevant internships within the Theological School and University.

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)  

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