The newest program in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, the Interfaith Studies certificate aims to help students of any major become interfaith leaders conversant in the theory and practice of interfaith engagement. Students pursuing the certificate in Interfaith Studies learn more about how the dialogue it fosters is related to various academic disciplines, students' future careers, and broader issues surrounding community, peace, and justice. In teaching students transferable skills through its oral archives component and heightening their capacity to engage in interreligious dialogue, the certificate program will make graduates more attractive on the job market, given the diversity of Chicagoland and our country, as well as the need for religious sensitivity in any field.
For more information about the certificate program in Interfaith Studies, contact Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic.
The certificate in Interfaith Studies (and the associated learning community) meets the requirements for Engaged Learning in the University's Inquiry Curriculum. Students pursuing the certificate must complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) plus a co-curricular course (0 credit hours) as follows:
- RELS 285 (Religion in America)
- THEO 235 (Interreligious Dialogue)
Either course meets the religious/theological "mode of inquiry" (QRT) requirement in the University's Inquiry Curriculum.
Students are also required to take INQ 111 (Interfaith Oral History Archives), a one-semester, 0 credit, pass/fail, Engaged Learning course. (Note: INQ 111 requires previous completion of or co-enrollment in either THEO 235 or RELS 285). Students will document the history of religiously diverse individuals by collecting and transcribing oral histories. Students will learn how to research and develop interview questions and establish rapport, as well as technical skills for recording, transcribing, and digitally publishing the histories. Students will assist in publishing the histories in an online repository for future education and research.
Choose any three courses from the following list (these courses will be offered in 2015-2017; more will be added in the future):
- BIOL 313 (Evolution)
- HIST 291 (History of the Silk Road)
- IDS 201 (Catholic and Benedictine Intellectual Traditions: History of Christian-Muslim Relations)
- IDS 201 (Catholic and Benedictine Intellectual Traditions: Way of St. James)
- IDS 301 (Human Dignity/The Common Good: Martin, Malcolm, Mahatma, Mandela)
- LITR 279 (U.S. Multiethnic Literature)
- MGMT/THEO 252 (Business Ethics in the Context of Catholic Social Teaching)
- MGMT 254 (Interfaith Approaches in Management)
- MKTG 348 (Content Development)
- RELS 120 (Eastern Traditions)
- RELS 130 (Abrahamic Faiths)
- RELS 230 (Introduction to Judaism)
- RELS 235 (Introduction to Islam)
- THEO 225 (Pilgrimage)
In keeping with Dominican University’s mission and its goal of preparing students for global citizenship, the interfaith studies minor is designed to help students to explore, through dialogue, their own and others’ religious, spiritual, and value-based worldviews and traditions; to develop religious literacy involving multiple traditions; to identify within these traditions the bases for dialogue and cooperation; to explore the history of that dialogue and cooperation; and to engage persons and communities with diverse faith perspectives and worldviews to address contemporary social concerns.
Twenty-one credit hours, including:
- One introductory course (3 hours)
- Five elective courses (15 hours)
- Internship or capstone project (3 hours)
Five elective courses are required, at least one of which must be from Category I below:
Courses with a major interfaith focus:
- HIST 267 - Crusade and Jihad
- HIST 301 - Jerusalem From Antiquity to the Present
- PHIL 245 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
- POSC 254 - Religion and World Politics
- THEO 104 - Introduction to the Study of Religion
- THEO 236 - Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of a New Creation
- THEO 263 - Health and Healing: Medicine, Religion, and Spirituality
- THEO 264 - The Ways of War and Peace in Christianity and Islam
- THEO 270 - Christianity Among the World's Religions
- THEO 272 - Mystical Traditions in World Religions
- THEO 278 - Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
- THEO 343 - Freud, Jung, and Religion
- THEO 371 - Law and Legal Reasoning in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
- THEO 376 - Asian Religions
Courses with a focus on a single faith tradition:
- HIST 216 - Foundations of Islamic Civilization to 1456
- HIST 219 - Islamic Civilizations in the Modern World
- HIST 420 - History of Islam in the United States
- HIST 421 - History of Islamic Banking Systems
- THEO 101 - Introduction to Theology
- THEO 103 - Introduction to Roman Catholicism
- THEO 237 - Latin@ Theology
- THEO 250 - History of Christianity I: From Its Origins to the Eve of the Reformation
- THEO 251 - History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Present
- THEO 252 - Sacraments in the Catholic Tradition
- THEO 261 - Catholic Social Teaching and Movements
- THEO 277 - African-American Religious Experience and Theology
- THEO 280 - Native American Culture and Spirituality
- THEO 310 - Jesus the Christ
Courses with a signficant interfaith or religious emphasis or component:
- BAD 335 - Business Ethics
- BWS 311 - Black Spirituality
- CAS 321 - Intercultural Communication
- CHEM 256 - Natural Products Chemistry in Traditional Medicine and Modern Health Care
- ENGL 229 - Sacramental Imagination
- ENGL 234 - Bible, Mythology, and Literature
- POSC 265 - Middle-Eastern Politics
- SJCE 210 - Introduction to Social Justice and Civic Engagement
- SOC 285 - The Racial and Musical Legacy of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta
- SOC 286 - Blues and the Spirit: A Seminar and Service Learning Experience on Chicago Blues and Gospel Music
- THEO 247 - Amazing Grace: Slavery and Redemption
- THEO 257 - Women and Religion
- THEO 267 - Owning and Owing: Theological Perspectives on Property and Debt
- THEO 273 - Great Women Mystics
- THEO 360 - Religion and Politics
- THEO 361 - Debates About God
- THEO 362 - Environmental Theology: Ecology in Crisis
Internship or Capstone Project
Complete either an internship: IFS 455 - Internship or a capstone project: IFS 495 - Independent Undergraduate Research or Creative Investigation for 3 semester hours.
The goal of Interfaith Leadership Studies at Elizabethtown College is to create a cadre of skilled professionals across sectors of the economy who can serve and lead in effective ways in a world in which diverse worldviews—both religious and non-religious—are in constant interaction.
Why study Interfaith Leadership Studies at Elizabethtown?
According to Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, our Interfaith Leadership Studies major is the first academic major in the nation in this new and growing field.
In his speech to the United Nations on September 24, 2014, President Obama called for interfaith action to combat religious extremism and terrorism. Interfaith leadership and service are increasingly important in the arena of global politics, but also matter greatly in local communities, suburbs, and cities.
The new Interfaith Leadership Studies major supports the mission of Elizabethtown College specifically as it relates to educating students ethically for lives of leadership and service as citizens of the world.
Dr. Jeffery Long, professor of religion at Elizabethtown College, publishes and speaks internationally on the subject of religious pluralism.
The Chaplain’s Office, and a number of student groups, have participated in the White House Interfaith and Community Service Challenge since 2011.
Our Interfaith Leadership Studies major is interdisciplinary, including coursework in business, history, political science, sociology, and even biology.
Areas of Study
Each student’s unique sense of passion and purpose, as well as his or her choice of an additional academic major or minor will help to determine the right graduate school or the best pathway to begin a professional career upon graduation.
We want graduates of our program to become leaders in community development, government and non-governmental agencies, religious and faith-based organizations, and national and international organizations, both non-profit and for-profit. The ILS major also will make an excellent preparation for students who want to pursue a path towards ministry—be it pastoral ministry or chaplaincy.
Internship and Research Opportunities
The required internship and required capstone applied project will help students in the search for the desired graduate program or job immediately after graduation.
Our program encourages students to study abroad for a semester or participate in short-term, service-learning overseas trips.
- White House Interfaith Community Service Challenge
- Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core
- Many local and regional churches, synagogues, temples, and interfaith groups
Related Campus Programs
- Undergraduate Fellows in Interfaith Leadership
- Rice for Refugees
- Better Together Student Group
- Center for Global Understanding & Peacemaking
- Interfaith Service Trips
- Called to Lead Program
In Interreligious and Interfaith Studies at Loyola University Chicago students study relationships between religions, drawing on multiple disciplines and disciplinary approaches such as comparative theology and theologies of religious pluralism, religious studies, sociology, political science, communication, and comparative literature.
Religious ignorance is a luxury no one can afford. Religion (like sex, money and power) is one of the great motivators of human behavior. People do amazing and horrific things all in the name of their god(s). Those who minor in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations study how these three great faiths have interacted over the centuries, not simply out of an interest in history, but also out of concern for our future.
The Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations minor consists of 5 courses and interfaith justice work.
There are three required components:
- Required courses
- RTS 1100 Christianity in Context (offered every term);
- RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Tradition (usually offered in the Fall term); and
- RTS 3760 Theology & History of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations (usually offered in the Spring term).
- The remaining two courses are electives drawn from a broad range of relevant studies. Some of the electives are outside of the Religious & Theological Studies Department. The two electives must focus on two different traditions.
- RTS 2100 Judaism
- RTS 2150 Islam
- RTS 2200 Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures
- RTS 2300 Introduction to the New Testament
- RTS 2400 St. Augustine
- RTS 2425 Pellegrinaggio in Italia (a study-travel course)
- RTS 2450 History of Christian Thought
- RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives
- RTS 2810 Marriage & Family
- RTS 2900 Holocaust: Theology, Reality & Aftermath
- RTS 2990 Special Topics: Women in Islam
- RTS 3000 Buddhism & Islam: Body & Belief
- RTS 3200 God in the Hebrew Bible
- RTS 3210 Gender & the Bible
- RTS 3350 Reading Scripture after the Holocaust
- RTS 3400 American Catholicism
- RTS 3425 Augustine & Algeria (a study-travel course)
- RTS 3600 The Roman Catholic Church
- RTS 3610 Sacramental Theology
- RTS 3620 Theology of the Virgin Mary
- RTS 3650 Death & Dying in History, Religion, and Society
- RTS 3710 Theology through Women’s Eyes
- RTS 3750 Christians & Jews: Conflicts and Reconciliations
- RTS 3800 Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton
- RTS 3850 War & Peace: Religious Perspectives
- RTS 3900 Women’s Voices in the Holocaust
- RTS 4400 St. Augustine Seminar
- COM 3231 Intercultural Communication
- FAA 2630 Art of the Middle Ages
- SOC 3350 Alternative Approaches to Criminal Justice
- SPA 3750 Crossing Borders (a study-travel course)
- Finally, all minors engage with Jews, Christians, Muslims and others, in active interfaith work promoting social, political and economic justice.
The Interfaith Studies Minor at Nazareth College is an Interdisciplinary Minor in Interfaith Studies which demonstrates Nazareth's commitment to globalization, pluralism, inclusiveness and spiritual values. As we live together in a “small village” or in a “ship in the vast ocean,” we need to build relations and understanding for peaceful coexistence, better living and work environment.
Courses in the program are:
- Experiential: Emphasizing active and engaged learning
- Dialogical: Accentuating the tools of conversation, reasoning and mediation
- Empathetic: Building appreciation for the spiritual beliefs and practices of diverse cultures
- Critical and Interdisciplinary:Integrating the methods and insights of diverse disciplines to enhance analysis and understanding, challenging students to assess positions and evaluate strategies
- Constructive: Enhancing positive strategies for religious and cultural understanding as well as cooperation among diverse peoples
18 credits are required to complete the minor. Outside of the core courses, students may take no more than 6 elective credits in any one discipline because the program is interdisciplinary in nature.
Core Courses (6 credit hours):
- RES 101—PI Exploring Religion 3 Credits
Plus one of the following:
- RES 310 Interfaith Dialogue: Theory and Practice (3 Credits)
- RES 483— Internship in Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (3 Credits)
Recommended Disciplinary Clusters
In addition to the two core courses, each student will take 4 elective courses from the recommended course list (no more than 6 credits in one discipline) attached to the program, or he/she may choose one of the following clusters that would best suit his/her professional career.
- Health & Human Services
- Faith, Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Faith and Pastoral Services
- Arts, Faith and Literature
- Social Work and Civic Engagement
- Business Management
- Faith, Gender and Race
- World Religions
The minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership at NYU's Silver School of Social Work is a first-of-its-kind joint program housed in the Silver School of Social Work and the Wagner School of Public Service. The minor consists of academically rigorous, civically engaged classes that provide students of all faith backgrounds (including those who are unaffiliated with a particular faith tradition) the opportunity to engage purposefully in holistic multifaith dialogue, service, and academic work. It also equips students to better understand their own faith traditions and spiritual beliefs while simultaneously engaging in multifaith learning, in and beyond the classroom. The minor is not only for the religious but it is also for students who are interested in faith and multifaith dialogue as important social phenomena, regardless of their own faith stance.
Students wishing to minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership should make an appointment with Dr. Marcella Runell Hall, director of the Of Many Multifaith Institute for Leadership, and clinical instructor at the Silver School of Social Work, to develop an academic plan. She can be reached at 212.998.2267 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To the extent permitted by their home school, students may double-count courses taken for this minor to satisfy core curriculum, majors, and additional minors
The 16-credit multifaith and spiritual leadership minor consists of two required core four-credit courses; one four-credit required optional course selected from two options; and four additional elective credits for a total of 16 credits. All courses will be selected in consultation with the program director. This minor is open to all undergraduate students within the University. Specific course sequencing is not compulsory, but existing pre-requisite restrictions for electives will apply. Further, students will be required to develop a plan for progressing through the available courses for degree completion in advisement with the Of Many Multifaith Leadership director/SSSW faculty member.
Students must take the following two required core courses:
UPADM-GP253001 Multifaith Leadership in the 21st Century (4 credits, Required Core)
UNDSW-US 81 Whose Social Justice is it Anyway? Spirituality, Religion & Civic Engagement (4 credit, Required Core)
Students must choose one:
UNDSW-US 55 Diversity, Racism, Oppression & Privilege (4 credits) or
RELST-UA 1 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (4 credits)
Students must choose an additional four elective credits in conjunction with the program director.
The Minor in Interfaith Studies seeks to a) expose the student to a broad overview of the world's major religious traditions, b) teach the student how to interact with persons from a variety of religious backgrounds, and c) foster leadership skills in religious communities or organizations.
Why should I consider a minor in Interfaith Studies at Oklahoma City University’s Wimberly School of Religion?
- To gain a broad overview of the world's major religious traditions
- To learn how to interact with persons from a variety of religious backgrounds
- To demonstrate leadership skills in religious communities or organizations
Pair this minor with your major in Nursing, Business, Political Science, Sociology—Persons in every field will engage in interfaith dialogue in the 21st Century!
What is required?
- 18 Credit Hours of coursework
- Introduction to World Religions
- Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Dialogue
- 12 hours of electives in approved courses
- At least 9 hours at the 3000-4000 level
- At least 3 hours outside of the School of Religion
- Can include up to 3 hours of internship in an Interfaith setting
Contact: Dr. Lisa Wolfe (email@example.com)
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