Religion, Conflict and Peace (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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When you understand the crucial role of religion in both conflict and peace, you gain a broad knowledge of human division and unity. This understanding and the skills you learn in the program will be assets when pursuing your choice of career.

Program Description

The religion, conflict and peace certificate has three core components: regional, political and cultural.

The regional component provides students with 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.

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

The 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.

Program Requirements

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be completed in upper-division coursework and at least 12 credit hours must be completed at ASU. At least six upper-division hours in the certificate must be completed in courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher is required for each course used to fulfill a certificate requirement.
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirement
At least six of the 18 credit hours must be fulfilled with courses from the humanities and at least three credit hours from the social sciences.

When choosing courses from the lists below, complete six credit hours from the following subject areas to fulfill the humanities requirement: ARB, CEL, CHI, FMS, GER, HEB, HST, IAS, JST, PAX, PHI, REL, or SLC.

When choosing courses from the lists below, complete three credit hours from the following subject areas to fulfill the social sciences requirement: AFR, ASB, COM, GCU, JUS, NEW, POS, SGS, SOC, or WST.
Regional Component Courses -- 6 credit hours
Select two Regional Component Courses from two different geographic regions. Available regions are Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and United States. (6)
Regional Component: Africa
Regional Component: Asia
Regional Component: Europe
Regional Component: Middle East
Regional Component: United States
Cultural Component -- 3 credit hours
Political Component -- 3 credit hours
Electives (two courses) -- 6 credit hours
Certificate Electives (6)
Students select electives from any of the course lists above, keeping in mind that at least 12 credit hours within the certificate must be upper-division.
In some cases, the same course can be used to fulfill more than one requirement. For more information, please contact the certificate director in the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.
If a course is used to meet more than one component requirement above, additional electives may be required to meet the 18 credit hour minimum.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

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.

Career Outlook

Students can become more marketable and advance their career options with an undergraduate certificate. The certificate in religion, conflict and peace complements their major program of study with specialized knowledge and enables them to demonstrate broad intellectual curiosity and skills.

Students who complete this certificate often decide to pursue employment in journalism, law, policy work, diplomacy, the military, public advocacy, publishing, education, ministry and other fields in which an enhanced understanding of religion and conflict is increasingly vital. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

History Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: 79400

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 0.8%
  • Median Salary*: 61810

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 83770

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 2.7%
  • Median Salary*: 78780

Directors, Religious Activities and Education

  • Growth: -0.2%
  • Median Salary*: 49380


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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