Undergraduate Programs in Interfaith and Interreligious Studies

Certificate Program in Interfaith Studies at Benedictine University

www.ben.edu

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.

Certificate requirements

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:

Introductory course

Choose one:

  • 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.

Co-curricular course

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.

Elective courses

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)

Interfaith Studies Minor at Dominican University

www.dom.edu

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.

Required Courses:


Twenty-one credit hours, including:

  1. One introductory course (3 hours)
  2. Five elective courses (15 hours)
  3. Internship or capstone project  (3 hours)

Elective Courses


Five elective courses are required, at least one of which must be from Category I below:

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.

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.


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

Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Minor Loyola University Chicago

www.luc.edu/

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.

Minor in Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College

http://www.merrimack.edu/

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

www.naz.edu

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

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

www.socialwork.nyu.edu/

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 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.

Minor in Interfaith Studies at Oklahoma City University

http://www.okcu.edu

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 (lwolfe@okcu.edu)

Interfaith Studies Minor at the College of Saint Rose

www.strose.edu

Click here for more information on the Interfaith Studies minor at St. Rose College.

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RLS 220 Ethics & Wrld Religions

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RLS 415 Interfaith Religious Dialogue  
RLS 492 Internship

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RLS 495 Religious Studies Methodologies

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