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Statement of Solidarity

The faculty, staff, and students of the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University enthusiastically endorse the struggle to achieve racial justice in American society. The abuses continually suffered by the African American community are outrageous violations of human dignity and lawful social order. We urge local and national leadership and citizens everywhere to unite in the quest for justice and peace, and we regard the present as a singular opportunity to work toward the achievement of deep and lasting change in this nation’s treatment of all its people. We pledge ourselves to helping to make this happen in our academic work and in our treatment of one another.

About Us

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The Graduate Program in Religion—part of the Duke Graduate School—seeks to foster the scholarly study of religion and to equip persons of distinguished academic ability to teach in departments of religion in colleges and universities, as well as in theological seminaries.

Unlike many of its peer programs, which are housed in either a university religion department or a divinity school, the Graduate Program in Religion is a collaborative program involving the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and Duke Divinity School. Strengths of the program include its small, highly selective student cohort and distinguished faculty, as well as ample resources for research, mentoring, and professional development.

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Our Doctoral Program

We offer a Ph.D. program that features 9 fields of study, enabling you to concentrate your studies in specific areas. Our program presumes a foundation in the academic study of religion. Students applying for graduate work in religion directly from an undergraduate program should have completed a strong undergraduate major in religion or a closely related field.

Duke seeks to allow students to develop regimes of study that accord with their interests and abilities as well as with the demands of the disciplines of their fields of concentration. Normally about 40-50 students are part of our program in a given year.

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