The World Religions Specialized Graduate Certificate offers students the opportunity to cultivate graduate-level understanding of three of the world's major religious traditions, grounded in an understanding of how religion works in today's globalizing world. It aims to complement students' professional and scholarly knowledge with an understanding of the many ways that religion, politics, economics, culture and society intersect — in the United States and around the world.

This certificate is designed for students currently enrolled in graduate programs in fields other than religious studies, as well as working professionals who want to enhance their credentials or expand their expertise. This certificate can be applied to the 45 credit-hour Religious Studies MA program.

The graduate certificate in world religions provides:

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    In-depth learning with our renowned faculty across major world religions and traditions

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    Electives and flexible programming to tailor the certificate to your specific interests and needs

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    Experiential learning opportunities that connect classroom work to site visits at Denver-area faith communities

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    Exposure to foundational theories and major issues in the study of religion, which prepare you for further graduate study or career work


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Graduate Certificate Requirements

  • Globalization and Religion
  • 1–2 courses from Western/Abrahamic traditions
  • 1–2 courses from Eastern traditions

Featured Faculty

Andrea Stanton

Andrea Stanton

Associate Professor, Islamic Studies and Digital Religion; Senior Associate Dean

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Dheepa Sundaram

Dheepa Sundaram

Assistant Professor, Hindu Studies, Critical Theory and Digital Religion

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Benjamin Nourse

Benjamin James Nourse

Assistant Professor, Buddhist Studies

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