Graduate Theological Union

Interreligious Studies










This Area of Concentration is available to students affiliated with the following schools or affiliates: GTU, ABSW, CDSP, DSPT, IBS, JST, PAOI, PSR, SFTS, SKSM.

Broadly speaking, the purpose of the MA area of concentration in Interreligious Studies is to foster the study of multiple religious traditions, their practitioners, and their expressions in different cultural contexts. This area is designed to be open to studies that are oriented to fields within both theological studies and religious studies. Topics of focus and methodologies might include historical and contemporary relations between religious traditions, comparative theology, comparative religion, interreligious dialogue, and interreligious pastoral practices.

M.A. Requirements



THOMAS CATTOI • JST (Christology and Cultures) • Christology; Patristics; interreligious dialogue – Buddhist/Christian dialogue; Tibetan Buddhism.

IBRAHIM ABDURRAHMAN FARAJAJÉ • SKSM (Cultural Studies/Islamic Studies) • Study of Islam; history of Sufism; history of Islam; postcolonial theory; diaspora studies; HIV/AIDS; bodies, genders, and space in Islam; videotics.

MARIANNE FARINA, C.S.C. • DSPT (Philosophy and Theology) • Moral Theology; Islamic Philosophy and Theology; Comparative Ethics and Social Theory; Interfaith Dialogue.

MARION GRAU • CDSP (Theology) • Constructive theological approaches to Christian doctrines; soteriology; theological hermeneutics; theology and economy; theologies between cultures; postcolonial missiology; ecological theology; process theology; post-structuralist, gender, race, class and queer approaches to theology.

CHRISTOPHER OCKER • SFTS (Late Medieval and Reformation History) • Christianity from late antiquity through the Reformation; Cities, Friars, beguines, Jews, and Judaism; biblical interpretation, schools and scholasticism; humanism and theologians; cultural continuities within conflicts; late Medieval and Early Modern Germany.

ROSSITZA SCHROEDER • PSR (Art and Religion) • Early Christian and Byzantine Art; Western Medieval Art; Islamic Art.