Department of Religious Studies

Portfolio Requirements

(Master's and Doctoral)


1.  Completion of 4 thematically related courses, for 12 hours of credit, in graduate level courses approved by the Program Advisor. You are especially encouraged to consider taking R S 383M, “Approaches to the Study of Religion,” or R S 384D, “Doctoral Seminar in Religious Studies.” A course list is available in the Program Coordinator's office. The Program Advisor will also consider adding other courses to the list.


2.  The student's portfolio must include coursework in at least two departments outside of the student's home department. (NB: This means that at least 2 of your 4 portfolio courses must be taken in other departments. Plan accordingly.)


3.  The four courses should have a clear theme and specialization, approved by the Program Advisor. Students are encouraged to take at least one course that explores theoretical approaches to the study of religion; such a course may be substituted for one of the four thematically related courses.
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4.  In addition to the course requirements, each student must give a public presentation of his or her scholarly work to the Religious Studies students and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. The usual venue for such a presentation will be a yearly Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference. All portfolio students are expected to attend the conference.


5.  Students must inform the Religious Studies office each semester about their progress and seek approval from the Portfolio Committee for the Study of Religion for their completed portfolio.


6.  The program will be administered by the Religious Studies Program Advisor, who must approve each student's specialization and certify the completion of the portfolio.