Certificate in Religion and Conflict

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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”?
  • How can religion inform the pursuit of peace?

Requirements

The certificate is open to all students and majors. It may be of particular interest to 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.

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. 

1. Regional component (6 hours, 2 different regions) 
Courses in this category provide students 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.

2. Political component (3 hours)
Courses in this category explore how religion influences—or is influenced by—matters of state, law, government, or other dimensions of political life.

3. Cultural component (3 hours)
Courses in this category provide students with an understanding of how religion operates as a powerful force that impacts and intersects with expressions of human identity, thought, art, history, science and culture.

4. Electives (6 hours) 
Any approved/qualifying course may be used as an elective to fulfill remaining requirements.

Interdisciplinary Requirement 
To ensure that students are exposed to a wide variety of approaches, an interdisciplinary component requires that at least 6 of the 18 hours be filled with courses from the Humanities (ARB, HST, POR or REL) and at least 3 hours from the Social Sciences (SOC, POS, SGS or WST).

In addition to the list of regularized courses, there are many special topic courses (generally numbered 194, 294, 394, 494, and 498) that can fulfill certificate requirements as approved by the certificate director.

Q: Why should I consider a certificate in Religion and Conflict?

A: An enhanced understanding of religion and conflict is proving to be increasingly vital. Religion has played a crucial role in various forms of human conflict, historically and in our current times. The certificate 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 ...

Q: What can I expect to get out of the program?

A: The certificate program provides students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the dynamics of religion, conflict, and peace by exploring questions such as:

  • What are the religious and non-religious causes of conflict?
  • What do we mean by "religious violence"?
  • What do secular and religious resources exist for resolving conflict?
  • What do we mean by "peace"?

Q: Who is the certificate open to?

A: The certificate is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Arizona State University in any degree or non-degree program. 

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.

Q: Is the certificate available to online students?

A: 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).

Q: What if I still have questions? Who can I get in touch with?

A: Matt Correa is the Center's Assistant Research Administrator and the guy in charge of our student programs. He's available via phone or email to answer your questions!

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

Complete both of these forms and email them to Matt.Correa@asu.edu

1) Microsoft Office document iconStudent Enrollment Form

2) PDF icon Request to Add an Undergraduate Certificate Form 
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 email in the top section, and then sign it with your signature in the "student signature" box in the middle of the form. This form requires your actual signature--you must sign it, scan it (a clear high res photo of the signed form can work as a scan), and email the signed copy, but you do not need to worry about the other fields or signatures on the form.   

NOTE: 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.

Progress and Completion

  • 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 Microsoft Office document iconStudent Worksheet to Matt.Correa@asu.edu

FALL 2020
(details subject to change, see ASU course schedule to confirm)

REGIONAL COMPONENT
 (remember, to complete the certificate you must have 2 regional courses and they can't both be from the same region)

Religion and Europe
HON 494 The Holocaust in German-Mediated Memory
HST 302 Jews, Christians & Muslims in the Medieval World
JST 445 Holocaust & German Memory
JUS 374 Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights
REL 374 Witchcraft & Heresy in Europe

Religion and the Middle East 
HEB 349 Israeli Wars in Israeli Movies
HST 372 Modern Middle East*
JST 304 Exiles, Migrants, Refugees in Jewish History
REL 311 Israeli Society and Culture
REL 365 Islamic Civilization
REL 366 Islam in the Modern World (also offered as HST 339)

Religion and the United States
REL 211 Jews and Judaism in America
REL 331 History of Native American Religions
REL 320 American Religious Traditions
REL 321 Religion in America
REL 330 Native American Worldviews

Religion and Africa
SLC 494 African Culture in Global Contexts (also offered as FRE 494)

Religion and Asia 
HST 394 Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan: Peace Challenges
JPN 394 Religious Practice of People in Modern Japan
REL 240 Intro to Southeast Asia*
REL 350 Hinduism
REL 351 Buddhism
SLC 494 Religions and Conflicts in Southeast Asia

Religion and Latin America 
HST 394 Latin American Political & Cultural Thought
SPA 427 Colonial & Postcolonial Latin American Literature

POLITICAL COMPONENT
ASB 447 Citizenship/Natlism/Identity
COM 312 Communication/Conflict & Negotiation
CRJ 412 International Terrorism
CRJ 417 Cyber Terrorism
CRJ 419 Domestic Terrorism
CRJ 422 Violence in America
ENG 401 Postcolonial Theory
JUS 430 Social Protest/ Conflict and Change
HON 394 United States Gun Culture
HON 394 Mass Atrocities, Human Rights & Responsibilities
PAF 461 Homeland Security
PAF 469 Terrorism Defense
PHI 335 History of Ethics
POS 348 Do You Want to Build a Nation?
POS 353 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
POS 360 World Politics
POS 364 National Security/ Intl Terrorism*
POS 367 World Politics & Global Inequalities
POS 368 Ethics and Human Rights
POS 394 History & Politics of the United Nations: Model I
POS 394 The Future of War
POS 494 Just War
REL 394 Issues in Religion and Politics (also offered as POS 394)
REL 413 Sacred Crimes: Religion and Violence (also offered as FOR 413 or CRJ 423)
SWU 456 Immigrants and Refugees

CULTURAL COMPONENT  
HST 359 Jewish History from 1492 to 1948
IAS 406 Moral Dilemmas (also offered as PHI/FOR 406)
REL 201 Religion and the Modern World
REL 320 American Religious Tradition
REL 321 Religion in America
REL 366 Islam in the Modern World (also offered as HST 339)
REL 374 Witchcraft and Heresy in Europe
REL 390 Women, Gender, and Religion (also offered as WST 390)
SOC 353 Death and Dying in Cross-Cultural Perspective* (also offered as ABS 353)
SOC 420 Sociology of Religion*
WST 377 History of American Feminist Thought
WST 378 Global Feminist Theory

Note: any approved course can be used for 1 of the 2 electives for the certificate, see the "overview" tab for details about requirements.


COURSE LISTS BY SEMESTER
PDF icon Fall 2020
PDF icon Spring 2020
PDF icon Fall 2019
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PDF icon Fall 2018

For more information on how these courses work in the certificate program, click the "overview" tab. This course archive includes both regularized and special topics courses (i.e., omnibus, non-regularized—usually numbered 394 or 494) that may be used for various components of the certificate. You can also peition to include a course that is not on this list as part of this certificate, see the petition instructions form on the "forms" tab. An asterik * by the course title denotes courses that fulfill the Social Sciences requirement (an explanation of humanities vs social sciences requirements can be found on the "overview" tab under "Interdisciplinary Requirement"). If there is a course that is not listed here but you think it should be, please email the course details to matt.correa@asu.edu.

REGIONAL COMPONENT (remember, to complete the certificate you must have 2 regional courses and they can't both be from the same region)

Religion and Europe

FMS 494 Holocaust and German Media
HST 304 Rebirth of European Jewish Life after 1950 (also as JST 304)
HST 350 Later Middle Ages
HST 352 Europe’s Reformation
HST 355 Total War and the Crisis of Modernity
HST 360 The Crusades*
HST 361 Witchcraft & Heresy in Europe (also as REL 374)
HST 394 Christianity in Europe
HST 432 Eastern Europe and the Balkans in the 20th Century
JST 445 Holocaust & German Memory (also as SLC 445/GER 445/HON 494)
REL 364 Islam in Eurasia and Central Asia
REL 374 Witchcraft & Heresy in Europe
REL 377 Religion in Russia
REL 471 Reformation & Modern Christianity
REL 494 Society & Culture in Modern Europe
RUS 494 Slavophiles and Westernizers (also as SLC 494, HST 494)

Religion and the Middle East 

ARB 331 Arabic/Islamic Culture and Literature
ARB 335 Arabic Culture and Islam
ARB 341 Quran Text and Women
ARB 394 Iraqi Culture & Society
ARB 394 Islamic Philosophy
GCU 328 Geography: Middle East/ N. Africa
HST 372 Modern Middle East
REL 366 Islam in the Modern World
POS 394 Middle East Politics*
HST 394 War and Peace in the Middle East* (also as POS 394)

Religion and the United States

AFR 394 American Islam* (also as POS 394)
HST 211 Jews and Judaism in America* (also as JST 211/REL 211)
HST 315 Political History of the US
REL 320 American Religious Traditions
REL 321 Religion in America
REL 323 African American Religion
REL 386 America & the Holocaust*
REL 394 Religion & the American Presidency

Religion and Africa

GCU 328 Geography: Middle East/N Africa
HST 302 Islam in African History
POS 359 African Politics and Society*
POS 394 Islam/Islamic Societies in Africa
REL 362 Islam and Islamic Society in Africa* (also as AFR 372, SGS 366)
REL 461 Different Voices within Contemporary Islamic Discourse* (also as AFR 480, SGS 442)
SGS 394 Peace and Conflict in Africa

Religion and Asia 

HST 303 Modern China: Violence*
HST 384 Modern China: 1700 to Present*
HST 391 Modern Southeast Asia* (also as SGS 381)
HST 452 Chinese Cultural History
HST 452 Chinese Cultural History II*
HST 498 Gandhi & Politics of Non-violence
POS 394 Media, Identity, and Politics in Southeast Asia*
REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions
REL 347 Religious Pluralism and Conflict in India
REL 357 Theravada Buddhism in S & SE Asia
REL 364 Islam in Eurasia and Central Asia
REL 377 Religion in Russia
REL 394 Religions of India

Religion and Latin America 

REL 332  South American Indian Religion

POLITICAL COMPONENT

CEL 100 Great Ideas of Politics and Ethics in Comparative Perspective
CEL 494 Political Leadership and Statesmanship
COM 312 Communication/Conflict & Negotiation*
COM 377 Communication, Terrorism and National Security*
COM 394 Communication, Culture, and New Media Technologies*
COM 494 Communication, Conflict, & Peace Building*
FMS 394 American Jews in U.S. Politics & Media
FMS 494 Holocaust and German Media
HST 304 Totalitarianism: Hitler & Stalin*(also as JST 304)
HST 315 Political History of the US
HST 355 Total War and the Crisis of Modernity
HST 360 The Crusades: Religion & Conflict in the Middle Ages
HST 372 Modern Middle East
HST 391 Modern Southeast Asia (also as SGS 381)
HST 432 Eastern Europe/the Balkans 20th Century
HST 454 History of Genocide (also as FOR 454)
JUS 374 Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights*
JUS 467 Terrorism, War, and Justice*
JUS 473 Religion, Violence, & Conflict Resolution* (also as REL 482 & POS 473)
POS 359 African Politics and Society*
POS 364 National Security/ Intl Terrorism*
POS 368 Ethics and Human Rights
POS 394 The Future of War
POS 394 Media, Identity, and Politics in Southeast Asia*
POS 394 Middle East Politics*
REL 363 Islam and World Affairs (also as AFR 373, SGS 394, POS 394)
REL 378 Religion, War and Peace*
REL 380 Theology of Terror
REL 387 Religion & Conflict: Theories & Cases
REL 388 Religion, Ethics, & International Politics
REL 394 Religion and Ecology
REL 394 Martyrdom & Self-sacrifice
REL 394 Religion & the American Presidency
REL 394 Justice in Religion and Politics
REL 494 Religion, War, and Revolution
REL 494 Justice in Religion & Politics
REL 494 Sacred Crimes: Religion, Violence and Criminality
SGS 340 Violence, Conflict & Human Rights*
SGS 343 Religion, Nationalism, & Ethnic Conflict (also as REL 379)
SGS 394 The Israel-Palestine Conflict: The Struggle
SGS 394 After 9/11 US & War on Terrorism (also as POS 393)
SGS 394 Women’s International Human Rights* (also as WST 394)
SGS 441 Religion and Global Politics* (also as REL 480)

CULTURAL COMPONENT  

AEP 598 Philosophical and Spiritual Issues in Death & Dying (also as REL 598)
AFR 373 Islam and World Affairs (also as REL 363, SGS 394, POS 394)
ARB 331 Arabic/Islamic Culture and Literature
ARB 335 Arabic Culture and Islam
ARB 341 Quran Text and Women
ARB 394 Islamic Philosophy
ARB 394 Iraqi Culture & Society
COM 394 Communication, Culture, and New Media Technologies*
ENG 494 Nonviolence & the Civil Rights Movement
FMS 313 Anti-Semitism in the Media (also as REL 313)
HST 302 Women, War, and Peace*
HST 302 Envisioning Peace*
HST 302 Jews and Christians & Muslims in Early Modern World*
HST 304 History of Antisemitism*
(also offered as JST 304)
HST 304 Rebirth of European Jewish Life after 1950* (also as JST 304)
HST 352 Europe’s Reformations
HST 359 Jewish History from 1492 to 1948
HST 361 Witchcraft and Heresy in Europe (also as REL 374)
HST 394 History of Israel
HST 452 Chinese Cultural History
HST 452 Chinese Cultural History II*
HST 494 Islam, Women, and Peacebuilding
HST 498 Gandhi & Politics of Non-violence
HST 498 Women in Islamic Africa
IAS 406 Moral Dilemmas (also as PHI 406)
IAS 410 Evolution of Ideas
IAS 430 Science and Religion
PHI 318 Philosophy of Religion
PHI 494 Religion & Science (also as REL 494)
POS 473 Religion, Violence, & Conflict Resolution (also as REL 483)
POS 494 Different Voices Within Contemporary Islamic Discourse (also as REL 494)
REL 201 Religion and the Modern World
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 300 The Future of Religions
REL 320 American Religious Tradition
REL 321 Religion in America
REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions
REL 352 Modern Buddhism
REL 357 Theravada Buddhism in S. & S.E. Asia
REL 366 Islam in the Modern World
REL 369 Women in Islam
REL 374 Witchcraft & Heresy in Europe
REL 377 Religion in Russia
REL 381 Religion and Moral Issues
REL 390 Women, Gender and Religion (also as WST 390)
REL 394 Religion, Science and Citizenship
REL 394 Global Citizenship: Critical Perspective (also as SGS 394)
REL 394 Christian Syncretism in the Middle Ages
REL 394 The Crusades
REL 394 Religion and Ecology
REL 411 Judaism/Beginnings Christianity
REL 461 Different Voices within Contemporary Islamic Discourse* (also as AFR 480, SGS 442)
REL 471 Reformation and Modern Christianity
REL 481 Religion and Bioethics
REL 483 Religion and Science
REL 494 Issues in Death & Dying (also as MAS 550/PHI 494)
REL 494 Inquiry into Religion and Conflict
REL 494 Science and Religion
REL 494 Society and Culture in Modern Europe
REL 503 Post-Holocaust and Reparative Ethics
SGS 394 Gender and Armed Conflict (also as POS 394)
SGS 394 Islam and World Affairs (also as POS 394)
SOC 353 Death & Dying in Cross Cultural Perspectives*
SOC 420 Sociology of Religion*
STS 394 Religion and Conflict in Technology*
WST 345 Gender, Religion, and Global Violence*
WST 390 Women and Religions* (also as REL 390)
WST 477 Women and Violence*