Harvard owes its existence to the study of religion. In 1636, endeavoring to assure that the next generation of ministers in the fledging American colonies were properly educated, the "Great and General Court of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England" approved the establishment of a college that would soon be known as Harvard.
The HDS Summer Language Program is an eight-week, intensive program in language study designed specifically for the curriculum in theological and religious studies and taught with a focus on translation and reading comprehension in a foreign language. Read more about Language of Summer
Melissa Bartholomew, MDiv '15, and Rachel Foran, MTS '15, are the co-chairs of the HDS Racial Justice & Healing Initiative, a group of HDS students committed tocross-disciplinary dialogue, scholarship, and training in order to address personal and systemic racism. Read more about Leading the Way Toward Racial Healing
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the PhD in the Study of Religion, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences brought together FAS and HDS faculty along with PhD and ThD alumni and students on the Harvard campus for a symposium.
A report was released by HDS students Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile mapping a new cohort of businesses and non profits that are providing answers to the same needs that churches and organized religion once provided.