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Total credits: 36
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Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.
The concentration in religion, culture, and values is particularly relevant for students who are interested in careers in law, national and international government, print and media journalism, library sciences, archives and museums, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, and religious communities and institutions. The Washington, DC metropolitan area is rich in the presence of many major religious traditions and their places of worship.
The core courses introduce students to the study of religion as a unique and rigorous intellectual discipline. Students learn to evaluate a variety of perspectives on religion and gain a clear understanding of the dimension of the sacred in all aspects of human life including those commonly designated "secular". Students discover how religious perceptions of the sacred respond to an evolving world and relate to and influence cultures, institutions, and values.
Students also examine the effects of historical crises and the forces of change on religions including contemporary religious pluralism and inter-religious dialogue. Students gain a deeper knowledge of specific traditions and a more profound understanding of values and worldviews from the viewpoint of cultural diversity and religious pluralism.
|MAIS 796||MAIS ProSeminar||1|
|Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Approaches to the Study of Religion|
|Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality|
|World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue|
|World Religions in Transition and Transformation|
|Select two or three courses from the following:||6-9|
|Special Topics in Religious Studies (may be repeated for credit)|
|Ethical Perspectives of World Religions|
|Religion and the Natural Environment|
|Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture|
|HIST 610||The Study and Writing of History||3|
|or SOCI 634||Qualitative Research Methods|
Students take the course below and one or two other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.
|COMM 605||Intercultural Communication||3|
|CONF 695||Selected Topics (if appropriate)||3|
|CONF 702||Peace Studies||3|
|CONF 722||Conflict and Religion||3|
|RELI 633||Ethical Perspectives of World Religions||3|
|PHIL 640||History of Ethical Theory||3|
|PHIL 643||Environmental Ethics||3|
|GOVT 540||International Relations||3|
|GOVT 741||Advanced Seminar in International Politics (if appropriate)||3|
Students choose electives in consultation with their advisor, bearing in mind their specialization, project, or thesis topic. Any of the courses under the specializations listed above or courses from other disciplines listed below may be used as electives.
|Select one to four courses from the following:||3-12|
|Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I|
|Ritual and Power in Social Life|
|Independent Study in Sociocultural Anthropology|
|Conflict and Religion|
|Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners|
|Topics in Folklore Studies|
|Advanced Seminar in International Politics|
|Approaches to Modern World History|
|Movements and Issues in the History of Political Philosophy|
|History of Ethical Theory|
|Sociology of Culture|
|Women and Global Issues|
|MAIS 797||Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal||1|
|Select one from the following:||1-4|
|Interdisciplinary Studies Project|
|Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)|