Coordinator, Professor Michael Graves

The Certificate in Religions of the World is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to help students investigate the histories, beliefs, practices, and socio-political contexts of the non-Christian religions of the world in global cultures. The interdisciplinary focus of the program prepares students to understand the diverse human experiences encountered in these religions. By exploring a wide variety of non-Christian religious expressions nationally and internationally, students will become more informed and better equipped Christian citizens as they engage our diverse world in life, vocation, and mission.

Students from any major are eligible for the 24-hour Religions of the World certificate. Students will complete an eight-hour core of courses that investigate philosophical, sociological and theological approaches to world religions. In addition, students will select 16 hours of courses from a variety of offerings from different academic departments. No more than 4 hours may be selected from the Global Christianity category.

Requirements for a Certificate in Religions of the World are 24-credit hours including: 

Core Requirements 8
Major World Religions
Theological Approaches to Religious Diversity
Core Religions4-12
Choose at least one course
The Jewish Tradition
The Muslim Tradition
Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh Traditions
Students need to take at least four credits of electives. Some courses that may be considered are listed below. Additional courses may be counted on a case by case basis. The syllabus must be presented to the certificate administrator prior to taking the course for approval. 
Religions of Israel and the Near East
Introduction to Asian Studies
African History
Modern Middle East
Asian Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Sociology Of Religion
Total Credits24