Religion: The Boom in Religion Studies

It used to be rare for anyone to get a doctoral degree in religion unless he was a clergyman. But in the past decade so many students have been studying religion for personal reasons and to become teachers that it is now the fastest-growing graduate field at secular universities. More doctorates (335 last year) are now granted in religion than in philosophy, geology, art, music, speech or any language.

This week the American Council of Learned Societies is releasing the first major study of religion graduate programs, prepared by the Rev. Dr. Claude Welch, the dean of Berkeley's...

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