Welcome to GDR PhD Students Entering Fall 2013
Welcome to the Drew University Graduate Division of Religion (GDR) registration site for new students. The information listed here will assist you with your first Drew GDR registration. To start the process you should 1)review the registration instructions below from Virginia Burrus, Chair of the Graduate Division of Religion, 2)Consult the Theological School course list to select your classes, and 3)sign into treehouse (online registration) to register for your course selections by Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST.
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A Letter from the Chair of the Graduate Division of Religion
Dear Entering PhD students,
Welcome to Drew’s Graduate Division of Religion! You are about to join a very special community of scholars in pursuit of the highest academic degree awarded in the field of Religion. Whether you are affiliated with the Area of Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Religion and Society, or Theology and Philosophy, you will be encouraged to work across disciplines, to think creatively within disciplines, to cultivate awareness of differences, and to bring theory and practice together wherever possible. Your studies will prepare you for careers as scholars and teachers and also for work beyond the academy, whether in ministry, social or environmental activism, or other areas of creative and constructive endeavor.
For doctoral studies, the student’s relationship with his or her advisor is of paramount importance. You will be assigned an advisor in the course of the summer and that person will work with you closely in choosing your classes. While we do provide the opportunity for pre-registration for classes, to aid both students and faculty members in their planning, finalization of your schedule requires your advisor’s consultation and approval.
All first- and second-year students are required to take INTC 900, the GDR Colloquium, which meets three times a semester on Monday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00; although your participation is mandatory, the seminar is non-graded and not for credit. You should also sign up for three seminars for credit in each semester of your first two years. We encourage students to take seminars designed specifically for PhD students and to give special consideration to the interdisciplinary seminar that is offered each semester on a different topic; however, it is also possible to take masters seminars by special arrangement with the instructor or to petition to pursue an independent tutorial with a faculty member. You can figure that you will spend up to twelve hours per week for each course that you are taking, in addition to class time–something to think about carefully as you juggle other commitments.
You may consult the Theological School course list. After which, please sign into treehouse to register for the Fall term. If you have any questions about the on-line registration process, please contact the Registrar’s Office at email@example.com or 973-408-3000.
I look forward to meeting all of you at orientation.
All best wishes,
Chair of the Graduate Division of Religion
Drew Theological School