All M.A. students in religious studies are required to complete (with a course grade of B or higher) RELS 6101 Approaches to the Study of Religion and RELS 6102 Teaching in Religious Studies and the Humanities within the first three semesters of their initial enrollment. Other than this core course, students are relatively free to develop and pursue their own emphasis or ‘track’ in graduate study with the advice and active cooperation of the graduate director and affected faculty. Our graduate faculty possess expertise in the subjects of religion in the United States, ancient Mediterranean religions, Christianity from inception to the present, African American religions, “new religions,” media and religion, and the critical roles played by social factors like race, gender, class, and politics in the study and practice of religion. We are also well versed in the methods of queer theory, social theory, literary theory, post-colonial theory, historiography, theories of ideology, and psychoanalysis. Prospective students desiring to pursue specific interests (e.g., religion and popular culture) or to develop special competencies (e.g., Semitic language studies) are encouraged to contact the relevant departmental faculty to determine whether their envisioned program will be a feasible one at UNC Charlotte.