Concentration in Asian Religions offers students the opportunity to study an Asian language and religion, while at the same time gaining a firm understanding of scholarship in the Judeo-Christian tradition. This is an interdisciplinary program of the Divinity School and Department of Religious Studies. Students are encouraged to take courses pertinent to Asian Religions in the Religious Studies and other relevant departments. The requirements include twelve hours of language study (this may be a living language like Korean or modern Tibetan, or a reading language like classical Chinese or Sanskrit); and twelve credit hours of study in Asian religions. At least eighteen hours of YDS course work is required of all candidates, with six hours of Elective Credits to complete the program.
Faculty with an interest in this field include:
Chloë Starr (Chinese Christian theology; Chinese theology and literature; taught courses also include East Asian theologies and Asian American theologies)
Andrew Quintman (Buddhist traditions of Tibet and the Himalaya; sacred geography and pilgrimage, visual cultures of the wider Himalayan region)
Phyllis Granoff (India–Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism; Indian art and literature)
Eric Greene (medieval Chinese Buddhism, Buddhist meditation practices; interaction between Indian Buddhism and indigenous Chinese culture)