Diversity at HDS

2011 Commencement students cheering

"Do you have students like me at HDS?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear in the Office of Admissions. Everyone asks it—young and old, religious and nonreligious, with and without professional experience, current undergraduate and those with previous advanced degrees.

HDS students come from across the United States and from around the world, from large state universities and small denominational colleges, from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of our students arrive with deeply religious identities and others share a passion for religious studies that does not include a personal religious practice. Some of our students were the first in their families to attend college, and others have a long family history of attending graduate or professional schools. Some are recent undergraduates with a dream of one day teaching religion at a college or university. Some have decided that now is the right time to heed a longing and inner call to ministry, service, and ordination. Others are mid-career professionals who realize that deep theological questions lie at the heart of their law practice, medical practice, business, or nonprofit.

We look forward to helping you determine whether HDS is a good fit for you.

HDS Voices

Francis X. Clooney, S. J.
All of us share the challenge of moving from the very particular disciplines the academy and our religious traditions have taught us to the less certain postmodern places where particularity can again be more evident and potent, destabilizing our comfortable ways and making us think. But we need to enter upon this more general conversation without losing sight of the details and energy of profession and tradition that guided our research in the first place.
—Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology; Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions

Watch 'Studying Our Religions in the Particular and Meaning Something by It'