Religion and Conflict

Gain a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the dynamics of religion, conflict and peace by exploring the crucial role religion plays in forming both human division and unity in today's society.

Details

The certificate program in religion and conflict is of particular interest to students planning to pursue careers in journalism, law, policy work, diplomacy, the military, public advocacy, publishing, education, ministry or other fields in which an enhanced understanding of religion and conflict is becoming increasingly vital.

A regional component provides students specific regional knowledge of how religion has been implicated in human conflict. Required coursework in at least two different regions fosters a comparative understanding of the dynamics of religion and conflict in historical and global contexts.

A political component explores how religion influences or is influenced by matters of state, law, government or other dimensions of political life.

A cultural component provides students with an understanding of how religion operates as a powerful force that impacts and intersects with expressions of human identity, thought and culture.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No


Degree Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of qualifying course work (at least 12 credit hours from ASU and at least 12 upper-division credit hours), consisting of regional, political and cultural components. To ensure that students are exposed to a wide variety of approaches to the study of religion and conflict, a transdisciplinary component requires that at least six of the 18 credit hours be fulfilled with courses from the humanities and at least three credit hours from the social sciences. In some cases, the same course can be used to fulfill several component requirements simultaneously.

Regional component (six credit hours):
Courses in this category provide students specific regional knowledge of how religion has been implicated in human conflict. Required course work in at least two different regions fosters a comparative understanding of the dynamics of religion and conflict in historical and global contexts.

Political component (three credit hours):
Courses in this category explore how religion influences or is influenced by matters of state, law, government or other dimensions of political life.

Cultural component (three credit hours):
Courses in this category provide students with an understanding of how religion operates as a powerful force that impacts and intersects with expressions of human identity, thought and culture.

Electives (six credit hours):
Any approved or qualifying course (either from the above categories or other approved classes) may be used as an elective to fulfill remaining requirements toward the total number of credit hours and to meet the transdisciplinary requirement.

Of the total 18 credit hours taken to fulfill the certificate, at least three must be from the social sciences (COM, JUS, POS, SGS, SOC or WST) and six from the humanities (ARB, HST, POR or REL).

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Religion and Conflict Course Offerings

A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required for a course to fulfill a certificate requirement. For a current list of approved courses, see the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict website at https://csrc.asu.edu/index.php?q=education/certificate-program.



Admission Requirements

To declare the certificate, students should contact the certificate director in the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict: https://csrc.asu.edu/students/certificate.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.