Sunday, December 10, 2006

more on the religious studies route

I've spent perhaps about two hours this week looking further into M.A. Religious Studies programs. Because I think I'd like to stay home in NYC if at some point I decided to pursue another M.A., I limited my search to NYC universities. NYU and Columbia offer the best programs. NYU offers a two-year M.A. program in Religious Studies. Columbia has a M.A. in Religion as well as a two-year dual M.S/M.A. in Journalism and Religion. The dual degree in Journalism and Religious Studies seems to be most practical. I've expressed my interest in writing. Now, whether this interest would turn into a career I'm not sure at this moment.

The first year of Columbia's dual program is devoted to journalism whereas the second year is focused on the study of religion. With only one academic year allocated to the study of religion, I wonder if the time is sufficient for one who wants to study religion. In NYU's program, one would have two full academic years for religious study but of course this is minus the M.S. in journalism. I'd need to investigate this further.

In my searching today, I found out that Columbia has a Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, which looks really great. I looked at the list of courses that it offers and they seem superb. The scope of courses offered are right down my alley of interest. Because I didn't take college courses in biology or environmental studies, I would be barred from earning an M.A. from this department, but that's okay. Because I'm interested in the science vs. religion debate, I want to know if as a student in the dual journalism/religious studies program I would be able to take relevant courses in the E3B, such as those that deal with evolutionary theory, rise of mammals, or race/ethnicity. Or if maybe an additional year could be added to my program, so that I would have the time to take the relevant courses in the Departments of Religion and Philosophy as well as the E3B.


Comment Anonymous Mike Lee said...


A friend, a scholar and always a wise advisor. Keep on changing the world one mind at a time. By pursuing your studies and your passion, it reflects upon your humanity and unlimited compassion. Keep fighting my friend. I'll fight along side you in spirit from Japan.

"The American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) wrote: 'The one
thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.'

Fight on. Fight on. Fight on.


7:26 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks Mike. I really appreciate it, dude.

Hoping to visit you and the gang in Japan late 2007!


2:04 PM  

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