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Graduate Program in Religious Studies

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Jérôme Ménard

Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi

Hubert Bost

Jean-Pierre Brach

Sylvio De Franceschi

Geoffrey Herman

Pierre Lory

IThe Graduate Program in Religious Studies offers a comprehensive curriculum of advanced study and research, from the Master’s to the Doctorate degree, in the subject of religion. Through its association with PSL’s Laboratory for the Study of Monotheistic Faiths (LEM) and Society, Religion, Secularism Group (GSRL), the graduate program offers a Master’s degree of its own, and also hosts students from six tracks of three other Master’s degree programs, in all of which research plays a central role. Students may also choose elective courses designed to improve their transdisciplinary skills and broaden their curriculum.

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A five-year track from Master’s to PhD
Upon entering the Master’s degree program, each student will define their scientific project with the graduate program’s faculty and researchers. Students will have an academic advisor and will be heavily involved in research throughout the program.

Four courses are proposed :

 Social Sciences of Religions
 Religions and laicity in professional and associative life
 Islam in its historical and contemporary contexts
 History and historiography of the Jewish Worlds


| Social Sciences of Religions

The "Social Sciences of Religions" (SSR) course proposes to provide students with general and technical knowledge as well as both disciplinary and transdisciplinary skills that will enable them to conduct research autonomously in the context of a doctoral project or another activity with a strong knowledge production dimension. The training aims at the progressive constitution of knowledge and know-how that is both specialized and open-ended.


| Religions and laicity

The course "Religions and Laicity in Professional and Associative Life" (RLV) offers students a generalist training which, while remaining within the framework of university master’s studies, opens up, not to the pursuit of a doctorate or scientific research, but to different categories of professions in working life. This path includes common courses with the SRS speciality, but relies more specifically on the resources and supervision of the IESR ("Institut européen en sciences des religions", attached to the EPHE) in the management and organisation of teaching. Existing partnerships with the socio-economic world, through the IESR, will be better promoted.


| "L’islam..." and "History and historiography of the Jewish worlds"

The last two courses, "Islam in its historical and contemporary contexts" and "History and historiography of the Jewish worlds" were conceived in a complementary perspective. The course on Islam in the SRS seeks to highlight the place of Islam in contemporary society ; similarly, the course on the Jewish world emphasizes the religious history of the Jewish people through the centuries. These two paths will also leave room for comparative perspectives.