Updated on Jan 13, 2022 12:00 IST
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Religious Study is an academic subject which focuses and researches on religious beliefs, behaviours and institutions. In this field, professionals describe, compare, interprets and explain religion on historically based facts and events and cross-culture perspectives. Religious Study tries to study religious behaviour and belief from outside, from another viewpoint. There are various disciplines and methodologies which come into play such as:

Anthropology

Sociology

Psychology

Philosophy

History

Geography

Literature

Economics

Religious Study originated in the 19th century when scholars and historians tried to analyze the Bible, the Hindu and Buddist texts, translating them into European Languages. There are a few subcategories of religious studies and the discipline itself. Religious Studies main aim is to study religious phenomena as a whole and not be limited to the approaches of its subcategories.

Subcategory

Description

Anthropology of Religion

This is principally concerned with common basic human needs that religion fulfils.

Cultural Anthropology of Religion

This is concerned with the cultural aspects of religion such as rituals, beliefs, religious art, practices of piety and more.

Economics of Religion

Surveys have found that the poorest countries are the most religious and how religion plays a role in the economy of a state/country.

Geography of Religion

This is concerned with the elements of religious practice and embodiment in various geographic areas spread all over.

History of Religion

This is concerned with topics of disciplines which has been coming down since ages which deal with religious figures, events and evolution of doctrinal matters.

Psychology of Religion

This is concerned with how people behave and act religiously. What a person’s views, ideologies and the role of religion in the development of human culture.

Sociology of Religion

This is concerned with the dialectical relationship between religion and society, the practices, historical backgrounds, developments, universal themes and role of religion of society.

Religious Studies Courses in India

There are various courses which are offered in India and there are numerous subcategories which specializes in religion. The programmes in Religious studies are as follows:

Course

Duration

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3-Years

Master of Arts (MA)

2-Years

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

2-Years

PhD

2-Years

Diploma

1-Year

Postgraduate Diploma

1-Year

The courses which are offered by various Universities/Colleges/Institutes in India.

BA in Theology and Religious Studies

BA in Islamic Studies

BA in Christian Studies

MA in Hindu Studies

MA in Buddhist Studies

MA in Jain Studies

MA in Comparative Studies

MA in Cultural Studies

MA in Religious Studies

MA in Islamic Studies

MA in Christian Studies

Master of Religious Education

MPhil in Guru Granth Sahib Studies

MPhil in Religious Studies

PhD in Religious Studies

PhD In Islamic Studies

PhD in Indian Philosophy and Religion

PhD in Christian Studies

Diploma in Imams

Diploma in Sri Mad Bhagawath Puran

PG Diploma in Buddhist Studies

PG Diploma in Comparative Study of World Religions and Spirituality

PG Diploma in Eastern and Indian Christian Spirituality

Religious Studies Eligibility Criteria

A student needs to meet the eligibility criteria that is set by the University/college/institute. The eligibility criteria may differ from University to University. Here is the common eligibility criteria set by varsities.

Programme

Eligibility Criteria

BA

The student needs to have done their Class 12 from a recognised board and should have secured a minimum of 45%.

MA

The candidate should have done their graduation from any discipline and should have secured a minimum of 50%.

MPhil

The candidate should have done their MA in a specialized subject from a recognised university and should have secured a minimum of 55%.

PhD

The candidate should have done their MA or MPhil in a specialized subject from a recognised university and should have secured a minimum of 60%.

Religious Studies Admission Procedure

Chose University/College: The first step one has to make and that is to search for colleges or universities which are offering courses in Religious Studies or similar subjects. Check the fees, the seats offered, eligibility criteria which is set for the course.

Apply for Course: Proceed to apply for admission after getting to know the university offering the programme. Fill up the details as required and pay the application fee. The application forms are available for a limited period of time so the candidate is advised to know the details way in advance.

Mode of Admission: Universities and Colleges will either conduct entrance exams for admission or offer admission through merit. For postgraduate courses/MPhil and PhD, the candidate will have to appear for an entrance exam.

Results: Selected and qualified candidates make the merit list. The student has to get the desired rank and percentage, to be eligible for admission.

Counselling: The candidate will have to appear for the counselling session conducted at the university to book their seat, submit their documents and pay the fees to seal admission.

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Employment Areas

On doing any programme in Religious Studies or a specialized field, one can work in various organisations to NGOs to religious houses.

Teaching and Education

Preacher

Content Writer

Translator

Historian

Certified Tourist Guide

Regional and Urban Planner

Philosopher

Psychologist

Field of Sociology

Advisor

Counsellor

Top Colleges offering Religious Studies

Aligarh Muslim University

Banaras Hindu University

Nalanda University

University of Mumbai

Aliah University

The American College

The Maharaja  Sayajirao University

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