Research Experience and Leadership in Religious Practices
Concentration in Religious Practices and Practical Theology
Graduate Division of Religion
The Concentration requires and supports two experiential components that must be completed before the student presents a dissertation proposal and is admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.
I. Research Experience and Analysis
- A research project studying religious practices in context (preferably an opportunity to test a possible dissertation topic or method, or to begin dissertation research).
- A research internship in a social service agency, religious institution, hospital, counseling center, school, or other setting, that provides an opportunity for the student both to engage first-hand in religious practices and to conduct critical analysis of these practices.
The research experience requirement is normally done in connection with seminars, independent study courses, or dissertation research; no additional academic credit shall be granted. Limited funds are available to support approved research projects and internships. A written report of approximately 1000 words providing a summary of the research experience and analysis must be submitted to the Coordinator of the Concentration upon conclusion of the experience.
The Coordinator will provide opportunities for students meeting this requirement to read pertinent literature, to acquire critical skills and interpretive frameworks, and to present data and learnings to colleagues.