Educational Objectives

The Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University 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.

Over the past several decades, higher education in America has witnessed the establishment of the academic study of religion as an important part of liberal education. Since 1939, when the first doctorates in religion were awarded at Duke, more than 500 men and women have earned the Duke Ph.D. in religion. Most have assumed academic posts in this country and abroad.