Religion and the Arts

The program in Religion and the Arts provides enrichment to all students in YDS and ISM. The faculty teach courses ranging from introductions to Christian Art and Architecture and a history of sacred music to advanced seminars in religious iconography and writing workshops in poetry or fiction. This program also enables students to pursue concentrated study in religion and literature, religion and music, or religion and the visual arts. Students declare their concentration at the time of application. Courses in these areas are taken principally from faculty in the Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music; electives are taken elsewhere in the University: in the Graduate School (e.g., the departments of English, Comparative Literature, Music, American Studies, History of Art) or in the schools of Art and Architecture. In addition, students study the traditional curriculum of divinity: Bible, theology, history of Christianity, liturgics. Students are encouraged to attain reading proficiency in a second language relevant to their field of study.

Master’s degree students may pursue either the broad-based Comprehensive M.A.R. in religion and the arts (see Degrees), or may be admitted to a concentration in either religion and literature, religion and music, or religion and the visual arts and material culture.