Graduate Theological Union
The purpose of the M.A. area in Interreligious Studies is to foster the study of multiple religious traditions, their practitioners, and their expressions in different cultural contexts. Students in this area may focus their study in 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.
An M.A. in Interreligious Studies is appropriate preparation for a variety of career tracks. Some students will want to develop a foundation for doctoral work in a related field. Others may pursue a program of study such as the concurrent M.Div./M.A. option in order to prepare for some form of interreligious ministry. Other students will prepare for secondary school teaching or work with non-profit and non-governmental organizations.
THOMAS CATTOI • JST (Christology and Cultures) • Christology; Patristics; interreligious dialogue – Buddhist/Christian dialogue; Tibetan Buddhism.
IBRAHIM 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) • Ethics; Islam; social justice; human rights; interreligious dialogue; human sexuality; philosophical ethics of East and West.
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.
DANIEL JOSLYN-SIEMIATKOSKI • CDSP (Church History) • Late antique and medieval Jewish-Christian relations; cult of saints; late antique and medieval Latin Christianity; Anglican history; comparative theology; non-supersessionist Christian theologies of Judaism; Anglican theologies of religion.
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.
Offered at CDSP, DSPT, JST, 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.