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Department of Religious Studies

Religious Studies Certificate

 Graduate Certificate in Religious studies

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Studies provides students with an opportunity to acquire graduate-level exposure to the academic study of religion and to several of the major world religious traditions. This certificate program provides students with the opportunity to 1) develop an introductory, graduate-level understanding of two major world religious traditions; 2) to gain a grasp of pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of religion; and 3) to engage major issues in a particular religious tradition or aspect of religion.

For students currently enrolled in graduate programs in fields other than religious studies or the study of religion – such as business, international studies, law, or other AHSS disciplines, this certificate will augment the competencies gained in their primary program. For working professionals, particularly those in consulting, journalism, non-profit, public policy, education, human resources, and faith-based employment, or other professions where a knowledge of religious beliefs, practices, and values can be important, this certificate will enhance their professional credentials or expand their expertise to a new arena.

The Religious Studies Graduate Certificate offers in-depth, graduate-level exposure to major world religious traditions and to the study of religion. It aims to augment the professional and scholarly knowledge of DU graduate students, Denver-area graduate students, and Denver-area professionals, thereby enhancing their career opportunities. Students who successfully complete the program requirements, which adhere to U.S. federal guidelines mandating 24-credit hours of graduate-level coursework, will be awarded a certificate.

Credits earned through this Graduate Certificate program may apply toward the Religious Studies M.A. program.

Review our Graduate Certificate in Religious Studies overview here.

 Course Requirements

The Graduate Certificate program allows students structured flexibility, providing exposure to religious traditions through the religious traditions requirement, training in the discipline of religious studies with the theory requirement, and the opportunity to pursue particular interests through elective courses.

Two 4-credit Religious Traditions courses (Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, etc.)

One 4-credit Theory course (Political Theology, Psychology of Religion, Religious Ethics, Globalization and Religion, etc.)

Three 4-credit 3000-level electives (Dead Sea Scrolls, Sufism, Religion and Media, Mormonism, Religion and Race in the U.S., etc.)