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Liturgical Studies

Students in the Liturgical Studies concentration engage in critical research into the historical evolution of Christian rites; theological reflection about Christian ritual practice (historical and contemporary); and analysis/interpretation of the ritual practices and embodied faith expressions of particular liturgical traditions.  They develop familiarity with the major figures, themes, and tasks in liturgiology, as well as research skills that include a critical use of primary sources, textual analysis, and ritual interpretation. In addition, they integrate perspectives from the social sciences and/or the humanities – including such fields as anthropology, sociology of religion, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, cognitive linguistics.