Undergraduate Programs in Interfaith and Interreligious Studies

Interfaith Leadership Studies B.A. Major at Elizabethtown College

http://www.etown.edu/

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.

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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

B.A. in Interfaith Leadership Studies

Minor in Interfaith Leadership Studies

Outcomes

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.

External Partnerships

  • 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

Minor in Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

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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.

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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:

Interfaith Studies Minor at Nazareth College

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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.

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The Interdisciplinary Minor in Interfaith Studies program 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

Program Description

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.

  1. Health & Human Services
  2. Education
  3. Faith, Peace and Conflict Resolution
  4. Faith and Pastoral Services
  5. Arts, Faith and Literature
  6. Social Work and Civic Engagement
  7. Business Management
  8. Faith, Gender and Race
  9. World Religions 

For more detail about the Interdisciplinary Minor, please open the attached file or e-mail us at interfaith@naz.edu

Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership Minor at NYU

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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.

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The minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership 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 marcella@nyu.edu. 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.

Required Courses

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.

Interfaith Studies Minor at the College of Saint Rose

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Required Courses

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RLS 220 Ethics & Wrld Religions

3

RLS 415 Interfaith Religious Dialogue  
RLS 492 Internship

3 or6

RLS 495 Religious Studies Methodologies

3

4 more courses taken from

  American Religions  
  Asian Religions  
  Sacred Texts  
  Western Traditions