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Why pursue a Certificate in Religious Literacy in Professions?

Contemporary society in the U.S. is increasingly shaped by diverse and conflictual religious claims, even as the great majority of public high schools provide their graduates with little if any introduction to the formal study of religion. The Religion Department’s Certificate in Religious Literacy in Professions seeks to address this problem by preparing students for encounters with diverse religions, religious individuals, and religious frameworks. It is primarily aimed at students seeking careers in education, journalism, social services, business, and health fields who wish to deepen their working knowledge about religions, religious individuals, and religiously defined groups and organizations, and whose program requirements preclude completion of the Religion Minor.


  • Teaching, both high school and higher education