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Religious Studies Certificate

WHAT IS RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

Religious Studies is the systematic study of religion. It is unique in not being based on any authoritative teaching or text or on any single individual’s personal experiences, observations, or intuitions. Rather, religious studies relies on evidence from history, reason, social science, and other sources, with the goal to understand various religious perspectives. The field is not directed particularly to those who have a religious background or who are seeking a career as religious professionals. It does not seek intentionally to undermine or promote any one perspective. Religious studies discusses religious and spiritual perspectives from across the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and tribal and indigenous religion.

WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

The Certificate in Religious Studies is designed for students who desire a concentrated course of academic study in the field of religious studies. Students will gain knowledge of the beliefs, practices, history, struggles, and influences of various religious and spiritual traditions from the perspectives of a variety of academic disciplines. Courses are rigorous and personally enriching.

Normandale's program intentionally includes introductory and intermediate-level courses from several academic disciplines that will allow for completion as students seek to fulfill the requirements of an Associate's Degree.

Through completing this certificate, students will demonstrate a sustained exploration and appreciation of people's strongly diverse religious beliefs and behaviors. In this way, students will demonstrate an ability work with a diverse, global workforce.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A RELIGIOUS STUDIES CERTIFICATE?

Completion of a Religious studies Certificate at Normandale would prepare you well to major in Religious Studies. Listed below are a number of colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota that offer a Religious studies major.

Augsburg College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamline University

Morehead State University

St. Olaf College

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

 

Skills Acquired

Religious studies is an interdisciplinary field, spanning academic departments such as Art, Anthropology, English, Geology, History, Philosophy, Music, and Psychology.

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BBC Religion Page

Interfaith Youth Core

On Being Webpage

St. Paul Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition

The Certificate in Religious Studies is designed for students who desire a concentrated course of academic study in the field of religious studies. Students will gain knowledge of the beliefs, practices, history, struggles, and influences of various religious and spiritual traditions from the perspectives of a variety of academic disciplines.

Courses are rigorous and personally enriching. Religious studies address some of the most fundamental and enduring sources of meaning and community, as well as conflict and misunderstanding in human history.

Students will gain knowledge of many types of belief and practice communities. Through completing this certificate, students will demonstrate a sustained exploration and appreciation of people's strongly diverse religious beliefs and behaviors.

Required Courses - 9 credits

Choose 3 of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
ANTH 1188 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion 3
PHIL 1150 Introduction to World Religions 3
PSYC 2400 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 3
PHIL 1105 Philosophy of Religion 3

Elective Courses - 6 credits

Code Title Credits
ANTH 1150 Native American Voices 3
ANTH 1899 Medical Anthropology: Health, Illness and Healing Across Cultures 3
ART 1102 Art History Survey 1: Prehistory to 16th Century Europe 3
ART 1105 Non-Western Art Survey 3
ENGL 1175 Myths and Legends 3
GEOL 1050 Earth History 4
HIST 1101 History of World Civilizations 1 4
HIST 1102 History of World Civilizations 2 4
MUSC 1121 Introduction to World Music 3
PSYC 1108 Psychology of Death and Dying 3