Dissertation In Ph D Religion Sample

Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program in Religion to conduct innovative and interdisciplinary research in one concentration and one traditional or regional religious culture (see the Graduate Program Description). They may choose a secondary concentration or religious culture as well.


The student seeking the Ph.D. in religion must hold the M.A. in religion (or its equivalent) and earn 48 additional credits:

  • 36 credits for course work in 3-credit seminars, 24 of which must be taken in the Department of Religion.
  • 12 credits for dissertation research.


Students must take the departmental seminar in their concentration during each semester of their course work.

Students must also enroll in REL 601-603 during both of their first two semesters, and then pass a proficiency exam in theories of religion at the end of the second semester in the Ph.D. program. (A student that has passed the exam while completing an M.A. in the Syracuse Religion Department is exempt from taking courses and the exam again).

Language Requirements

The student must demonstrate competence in at least two languages other than English, one before matriculation into the Ph.D. program and the other before the beginning of the third year of study. Students will not be permitted to sit for comprehensive examinations until they satisfy the language requirement.

Comprehensive Exams

After completing course work, students are required to pass a set of three comprehensive examinations on:

  1. their chosen traditional or regional religious culture,
  2. their chosen concentration, and
  3. a problem of their choosing, in consultation with their advisor.

The problem examination will be graded as a written exam, but also on the basis of an "oral review" with the examining faculty members.


The Ph.D. requires that students write a dissertation. Any Professor or Associate Professor in the Department of Religion may direct dissertation research.

Students must write a dissertation prospectus with their director’s advice that sets forth the dissertation topic and justifies its importance, describes the dissertation’s main lines of argumentation, provides a chapter-by-chapter projection of its contents, and contains a bibliography. The prospectus will be evaluated a three-person faculty prospectus committee.

Students must then write the dissertation. They will earn the Ph.D. degree after successfully defending it orally before a five-person faculty dissertation committee.

Teaching Assistantships

Most students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive a Teaching Assistantship that includes a full tuition scholarship, an annual stipend, and health care benefits. The T.A. is for five years, contingent on the student making adequate progress towards the degree.

In the first three years of Ph.D. study, T.A. duties consist of being an assistant in a faculty member’s class. T.A.s get assigned to classes each semester based on class enrollments and on requests from faculty and students.

After students pass their comprehensive exams, they may teach an undergraduate course of their own design (REL 320) under the supervision of a faculty teaching mentor. In their fifth year in the program, they are asked to teach one lower division catalog course each semester in consultation with their teaching mentor and the faculty who usually teach that course.

Graduate School Rescources

Acquired Tastes: Virtue, Community, and Eating Ethically

Christopher Fouche – 2017

The Worship of Medicine Master Buddha in Medieval China

Yujing Chen – 2017

A ‘Circle in a Rectangle’: Native Evangelicals, Trans-Indigenous Networks, and the Negotiation between Legitimation and Evasion

Jason Purvis – 2017

The Influence of Sacred Stories and Sacred Role Models on the Gender Role Construction of First and Second Generation Indian Hindu Women in the United States

Diane Lillesand – 2017

With Child: Pregnancy and the Balance of Autonomy and Dependence

Amy Brown – 2015

Huaigan and the Growth of Pure Land Buddhism During the Tang Era

Kendall R. Marchman – 2015

The Vat Sithor Inscription: Translation, Commentary, and Reflections on Buddhist Traditions in Tenth-Century Cambodia

Phillip Green – 2014

The Goddess and the King: Camundesvari and the Fashioning of the Wodeyar Court of Mysore

Caleb Simmons – 2014

An Inconvenient Faith? Conservative Christianity, Climate Change, and the End of the World

Robin Globus Veldman – 2014

Building the Latter-day Kingdom in the Americas: The Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission

Gayle Lasater Pagnoni – 2013

Religion, Ethics, Nature in Secondary School Education: Exploring Religion’s Role in Sustainability Trends

Bridgette O’Brien McGoldrick  – 2013

Contested Combinations: Evangelical, Pentecostal and Catholic Convergence among Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos in the Anglican Communion

Sean O’Neil – 2012

From Values to Practice: Sustainable Agriculture and the Return of Place in North American Religious Agrarianism

Todd LeVasseur – 2011

Hijra and Homegrown Agriculture: Farming among American Muslim Communities

Eleanor Finnegan – 2011

Mary Midgley and the Mixed Community in Environmental Ethics and Religious Studies

Gregory McElwain – 2011

The Faith to Save Mountains: Religion and Resistance to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Appalachia

Joseph Witt – 2011

Women in Gray Robes: Continuity in the Traditional and Contemporary Religious Identity of Korean Buddhist Nuns

Chungwhan Sung – 2011

Tangible Hope: Cuban Protestantism in the post-Soviet Era

Rose Caraway – 2011

The God without Borders and the Mexican Dream: Religion, Space, and Migration in El Alberto, Hidalgo 

Leah Sarat – 2010

Translating, Practicing and Commodifying Yoga in the U.S. 

Shreena Gandhi – 2009

The Religious Dimensions of Sustainability 

Lucas Johnston – 2009

From Krishna Cult to American Church: The Dialectical Quest for Spiritual Dwelling in the Modern Krishna Movement in the West 

Michael Gressett – 2009

Casting for Conservation: Religion, Popular Culture, and the Politics of River Restoration 

Samuel Snyder – 2008

Howling about the Land: Religion, Social Space, and Wolf Reintroduction in the Southwestern United States 

Gavin Van Horn – 2008

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