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Interfaith Studies Minor

This minor offers students the opportunity to think critically about their own evolving worldview within a pluralistic context, and to articulate an appreciation of that pluralism. Students will develop skills in interfaith dialogue among diverse participants, as well as the ability to create and sustain formal and informal opportunities for ongoing interfaith action and dialogue. The minor consists of 24 semester hours consisting of six courses.

Program Requirements

Five Courses chosen from the following four subject areas (at least one course in each subject area, and only one can be lower division), and the Capstone course.

Total Program: 24 semester hours

Core Requirements: 20 semester hours

Historical Knowledge and Interfaith Cooperation:

Code Course Title Units
REL 100 Introduction to Religion 4
INTD 305 Pathways to Peace 4

Appreciative, Integrative, or Synthesizing Knowledge

Code Course Title Units
REL 305 World Religions: East 4
REL 300 World Religions: West 4
REL 395 Religion in the City 4
INTD 321 Religion, Science, and Consciousness 4

Interfaith Service/Community Engagement

Code Course Title Units
PHIL 317 Power and Oppression 4
REL 497 Internship 1-4

Interfaith Leadership

Code Course Title Units
HUM 302 Conflict Resolution and Non-Violence 4
REL 390 Topics in Religion with Interfaith Leadership designation 4

Capstone Reflection: 4 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
REL 401 Interfaith Reflection and Interfaith Action 4

Description of Subject Areas

Historical Knowledge of interfaith Cooperation is an analysis of the many movements in history when faith communities and leaders have worked together to enact shared values.

Appreciative, Integrative, or Synthesizing includes courses that consider how diverse religious communities have contributed to the greater good, including such areas as art, literature, music, theology, philosophy, science, politics, economics, charity, or cooperation across differences. Some may be survey courses that touch upon many traditions, while others focus on one or two traditions. In either are, these courses tell lesser known histories and narratives that build appreciative knowledge and include reflection on how different traditions speak to common values in distinct ways.

Interfaith Leadership includes courses that provide theory, practice, theologies, philosophies, and methods of interfaith cooperation. These are higher level courses that seek to give the student the theoretical and practical grounding for building positive attitudes and relationships with the religious “other.”

Description of REL 401 Interfaith Reflection and Interfaith Action
This is the culminating experience for the Interfaith minor. In conversation with seminal thinkers and key historical events, students develop their own philosophy and/or theology of interfaith cooperation and then put that theory to practice as they plan and implement an interfaith project. Students choose their own philosophers, theologians, historical figures/events that will help them develop.