Contacts: Jon Bridges


Link: the Graduate School

We are now offering an on-line version of its popular Introduction to World Religions class

Promotional Video:
On-Line World Religions Class
REL 1300-15

Welcome to the Graduate Program of the Religion Department!

On this page you will find links to information about the requirements for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Religion and information about how to apply for admission to the Program. Florida State University was one of the first state universities in the nation to offer graduate study in Religion and today the Department continues to play a leading role, nationally and internationally, in advancing the academic study of religion. The Graduate Program in Religion at FSU offers a wide array of seminars and many opportunities for individual mentoring by prominent and accomplished scholars. We also offer students a collegial intellectual and learning environment characterized by cooperation, respect and good humor.

The Graduate Program has four “tracks”  of study, American Religious History (ARH), History and Ethnography of Religion (HER), Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy (REP) and Religions of Western Antiquity (RWA). Each track has specific degree requirements; descriptions of these requirements can be found through the sidebar link on this page to “fields of study.” Students admitted to one of the four tracks will be advised by faculty in that area. They will also take courses and fulfill some of their degree requirements outside that area. It is a general policy of the department to admit only full-time students to the Graduate Program in Religion.For assistance with logistical matters involving application to the Graduate Program, arrangements for visiting, and questions about University regulations and procedures, contact Jon Bridges at For online information about University policies regarding graduate study, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.

Dr. Matthew Goff
Director of Graduate Studies


Bartholomeusz Lecture MP3 is here!
By Dr. Jason Josephson, Williams College talk about "How Buddhism Became a Religion." >>MP3

14th Graduate Student Symposium Keynote Speech is Here!
" A Seventeenth-Century Werewolf and the Drama of Religious Resistance."by Dr. Bruce Lincoln

Ph.D. candidate John Crow wins Online Distance Learning Awards
Ph.D. candidate John Crow wins the Florida State University's first annual Online Distance Learning Awards in the category of Excellence in Online Course Design for the Department of Religion’s first online course, World Religions (REL1300). He also received an honorable mention in the category of Excellence in Online Teaching.
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Chris Blythe has won the Communal Studies Institute prize for best paper in the annual competition
It will be published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought next month. Title: “The Highest Class of Adulterers and Whoremongers”: Plural Marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerite), and the Construction of Memory.”

Sheng Yen Professorship in Chinese Buddhist Studies and Fellowship for Graduate Students
The Sheng Yen Education Foundation of Taiwan has given two gifts—totaling $160,000—to the Department of Religion.
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