Religion, Science, and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary area of focus that examines how science and technology shape religious culture, values, institutions, and practices, and how these phenomena in turn shape science and technology. This area of study may be combined with research in any religious tradition, geographical region, and/or methodological approach. Examples include but are not limited to a focus on the following areas: religion, science, and/or nature (e.g., nature/ecology/evolution, cosmology, consciousness, and the human person); religion and technology (e.g. transhumanism, posthumanism, artificial intelligence; climate and Anthropocene studies); religion, medicine, spirituality, and embodiment (e.g. bioethics; gender, race, disabilities studies, and animal studies, and intersections thereof).
Religion, Science, and Technology Studies
Sample exam structure
Religion, Science, and Technology Studies exams consist of at least four written exams (3 hours each) taken over the course of two weeks and followed by an oral examination.
- Area of religious expertise:
This exam qualifies you for university level teaching in a chosen subfield while promoting mastery in a specific region, tradition, or methodological approach in the study of religion.
- Religion, Science, and Technology studies:
This exam requires you to show that you are conversant with the history, approaches, and current dynamics of research in the interdisciplinary study of Religion, Science, and Technology.
- Ph.D. minor:
The Ph.D. minor or outside area exam will be based on a bibliography developed in conjunction with the advisor in your minor department or program.
- Special topics:
A subject area exam related to your planned dissertation.