Interreligious Studies Minor
The Interreligious Studies minor is a multi-disciplinary minor located within the Religious Studies department. This course of study focuses on historical and contemporary encounters between and interactions among distinct religious communities and/or traditions. It provides students the background to analyze the character of interreligious encounter, to think critically about interfaith dialogue, and to function effectively in multi-religious and multi-cultural contexts.
Students who choose to minor in interreligious studies can expect to:
- Analyze the category of religion and the field of interreligious studies, including the histories and theoretical models that inform them
Recognize and appreciate the contours of religious difference both within and between particular traditions
Interact with communities and hear from practitioners, gaining first hand-experience of worship, ritual practice, gender dynamics, use of sacred texts, political dynamics and/or interreligious encounters
Recognize and explain the ways in which religious traditions and interreligious encounters are embedded within cultural, political and economic systems
Produce nuanced reflections on ways that religious traditions and religious communities have interacted with other religious traditions and communities throughout history
Critique existing models for understanding and facilitating interreligious encounters and offer constructive suggestions for improving these models
Students majoring or minoring in Religious Studies are not eligible for this minor.