Other Concentrations

Religious Studies Concentration

Green Leaf

The MA in interdisciplinary studies is for students who seek a master's degree that integrates knowledge from several disciplines. It addresses the rapidly evolving demand for unique graduate study by promoting advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students can pursue one of the following structured interdisciplinary concentrations and also have the opportunity to design an individualized concentration to meet the special needs of their careers.

The MAIS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability is a Green Leaf program

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

This is a Green Leaf program.

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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.

Concentration in Religious Studies (RELI)

The concentration in religious studies 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.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

RELI 600 Interdisciplinary Pathways in the Study of Religion 3
RELI 630 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion 3
Total Credits 6

Interdisciplinary Competencies in Religious Studies (9 credits)

Students take three courses from the list of competencies below to complement their interests and the skills they have already acquired through formal education and professional experience, or other courses that are chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics  
Aristotle: Selected Works  
Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit  
History of Ethical Theory  
Feminist Theory  
Issues in Religious Ethics  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Religion and Secularity in State and Society  
Religion and Law  
Islam and Human Rights  
Islamic Biomedical Ethics (Religion in the Americas)  
Religion in the Americas  
Religion in North America to 1870  
U.S. Religion since 1870  
Topics in U.S. Religious History  
Topics in American Religion  
Religion and Law  
Religions in Confliclt, Conversation, and Transition  
ANTH 545
Ritual and Power in Social Life  
CONF 653
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution  
CONF 722
Conflict and Religion  
Interreligious Dialogue  
Religion and Secularity in State and Society  
Islamic Texts and Contexts  
Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought  

Electives

Elective courses should complement the student's competencies, and/or reflect the topic of their project or thesis. Students take 15-18 credits of electives chosen from the courses listed below, or other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the concentration head. Students who do a project for their capstone will take 18 credits of electives. Students who do a thesis for their capstone will take 15 credits of electives.

Select 5-6 courses from the following:  
Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I  
Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar II  
ANTH 545
Ritual and Power in Social Life  
CONF 653
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution  
CONF 722
Conflict and Religion  
Humanism and the Renaissance  
Religion and Society in the Reformation Era  
Religion in North America to 1870  
U.S. Religion since 1870  
Topics in U.S. Religious History  
Aristotle: Selected Works  
Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit  
History of Ethical Theory  
Feminist Theory  
Interreligious Dialogue  
Issues in Religious Ethics  
Topics in American Religion  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Religion and Secularity in State and Society  
Religion and Law  
Islamic Texts and Contexts  
Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought  
Islam and Human Rights  
Islamic Biomedical Ethics  
Ethnography  

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4