Undergraduate Certificate Program in Religion and Conflict

Fall 2015

Religion has played a crucial role in various forms of human conflict, historically and, in our own times. The nature of that role, however, varies significantly, as religion provides contexts for division and war as well as for unity and peace. ASU’s Undergraduate Certificate in Religion and Conflict provides students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the dynamics of religion, conflict and peace by exploring questions such as these: What are the religious and non-religious causes of conflict or factors that contribute to it? What do we mean by the term “religious violence”? What secular and religious resources exist for resolving different kinds of conflict? What do we mean by “peace”? And how can religion inform the pursuit of peace?

The certificate is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Arizona State University in any degree or non-degree program. It may be of particular interest for students pursuing 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 increasingly vital. Foreign exchange students attending ASU while enrolled through their home institutions are not eligible to receive the certificate, though during their residence they may sign up for classes that are part of the certificate program. A minimum grade of “C” is required for a course to fulfill a certificate requirement.

*ASU Online students: The religion and conflict certificate is not designed as an online certificate program.  However, while we cannot guarantee that the courses will be offered as part of the online program, it is possible to complete the requirements and earn the certificate if you can find the courses to make it work. If you have any questions about specific courses please email us (matt.correa@asu.edu).

Students must complete 18 credit hours of qualifying course work (at least 12 hours from ASU), consisting of regional, political, and cultural components.  A minimum grade of “C” is required for a course to fulfill a certificate requirement. In many cases, the same course can be used to fulfill several requirements simultaneously. Download the Certificate Information Sheet to read all of the requirements in detail:

Here are the steps and documents necessary for enrolling in the certificate program:

Complete the Student Enrollment Form and email it to Matt.Correa@asu.edu.

Complete the Request to Add an Undergraduate Certificate Form and email it to Matt.Correa@asu.edu. If you are not majoring in History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies (the SHPRS' majors), you should also meet with your academic advisor to let him or her know that you intend to add the certificate. Some of the fields on this form have been filled in for you. You only need to enter in your name, ID #, phone number, and add your signature in the "student signature" box. You do not need to worry about the other signatures on the form. NOTE: this form requires your signature--you must sign it, scan it, and email the signed copy. 

Check your Degree Audit Report (DAR) regularly to confirm that your courses are being properly applied.  Once you have completed all certificate requirements, or to check on your progress, email the Student Worksheet to Matt.Correa@asu.edu.

If you would like to use a course for the certificate that is not on the lists of pre-approved courses, please review the Petition Instructions form and email us with any questions at Matt.Correa@asu.edu.

The following documents contain lists of the courses that may be taken to complete certificate requirements. Not all courses are offered each semester. However, each semester some special topics courses (usually designated 394, 494, 498) may be taken to fulfill certificate requirements as approved by the certificate director.


Fall 2015
Spring 2015
Fall 2014
Spring 2014
Fall 2013

Summer 2013
Spring 2013
Fall 2012

Summer 2012
Spring 2012

Fall 2011
Summer Session 2 2011
Spring 2011