Get Ready….

Old photo of women getting set for the start of a running raceWe have a large incoming class of M.A. students joining us in the Fall and to help them to get set for the new semester we’ve already hosted one Zoom meeting, with our Chair and Graduate Director, to answer some questions about the program. It was a success so we’ve decided to hold a few more voluntary online meetings, to help everyone prep for their Fall courses.

Screenshot of Zoom meeting with incoming MA students

So, while each individual faculty member will separately set the time for their meeting and be in touch with the students about how to join, the four faculty who are teaching our 500-level seminars this Fall will each host their own Zoom discussion for our incoming graduate students. They’ll each also pre-distribute a short reading or a link to a website or a podcast, to help start the conversation, ensuring that by the time everyone arrives in Tuscaloosa they’ll knows each other a little better and will be ready to get to work.

These meetings with be:

– Tuesday May 26: REL 501.001 Social Theory and Religious Studies (required Foundations course) with Dr. Merinda Simmons

– Wednesday June 10: REL 502.001 Public Humanities and Religious Studies (required Foundations course) with Dr. Nathan Loewen

– Thursday June 25: REL 524.001 Past and Present (elective course) with Dr. Vaia Touna

– Thursday July 2: REL 512 Debates in Method and Theory (elective course) with Dr. Russell McCutcheon

All incoming M.A. students are required to enroll in both REL 501 and 502, so we hope to see all of you in those two online meetings; and even if you’re are not enrolled in either REL 512 or REL 524 you’re welcome to sign on for those meetings as well.

Meet our current MA students.