The Interdisciplinary Minor in Interfaith Studies program demonstrates Nazareth's commitment to globalization, pluralism, inclusiveness and spiritual values. As we live together in a “small village” or in a “ship in the vast ocean,” we need to build relations and understanding for peaceful coexistence, better living and work environment.
Courses in the program are:
- Experiential: Emphasizing active and engaged learning
- Dialogical: Accentuating the tools of conversation, reasoning and mediation
- Empathetic: Building appreciation for the spiritual beliefs and practices of diverse cultures
- Critical and Interdisciplinary:Integrating the methods and insights of diverse disciplines to enhance analysis and understanding, challenging students to assess positions and evaluate strategies
- Constructive: Enhancing positive strategies for religious and cultural understanding as well as cooperation among diverse peoples
18 credits are required to complete the minor. Outside of the core courses, students may take no more than 6 elective credits in any one discipline because the program is interdisciplinary in nature.
Core Courses (6 credit hours):
- RES 101—PI Exploring Religion 3 Credits
Plus one of the following:
- RES 310 Interfaith Dialogue: Theory and Practice (3 Credits)
- RES 483— Internship in Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (3 Credits)
Recommended Disciplinary Clusters
In addition to the two core courses, each student will take 4 elective courses from the recommended course list (no more than 6 credits in one discipline) attached to the program, or he/she may choose one of the following clusters that would best suit his/her professional career.
- Health & Human Services
- Faith, Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Faith and Pastoral Services
- Arts, Faith and Literature
- Social Work and Civic Engagement
- Business Management
- Faith, Gender and Race
- World Religions