Religion and the Arts Undergraduate Certificate

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Religion and the Arts

This certificate is jointly offered by the Department of Languages, Cultures and Religions and the Department of Art and Design and provides an interdisciplinary study of the interrelationships between religion(s) and the arts broadly understood – visual arts, architecture, music, literature, theatre, and dance. The certificate will assist students in recognizing and understanding the religious allusions, themes, symbols, and characters they will inevitably encounter in various and diverse works of art. It will also facilitate greater awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of religion and spirituality.

In many of the world’s religions, religious experiences and beliefs have found expression in artistic works, for example, in Sufi dancing, Christian morality and passion plays, Buddhist mandalas, Hindu statues of gods and goddesses, and the architecture of Jewish synagogues.

This certificate is designed to expose students to the history, holy texts, teachings, and rituals of major world religions and to sensitize them to the religious themes and allusions in the art of these traditions.  Gaining a basic understanding of religious traditions will enhance the cultural competence of students in enabling them to appreciate religious persons and communities, both past and present, and how their beliefs have shaped and continue to shape their art.

This certificate is administered by the Department of Languages, Cultures and Religions.

Program requirements (12 hours)

  1. Six hours from Religion: REL 319(3), 320(3), 321(3), 323(3), 330(3), 340(3), 341(3), 342(3), 345(3), 346(3), 347(3), 350(3), 355(3), 357(3), 360(3), 570(3).
  2. Six hours from the Arts: ART 271(3), 272(3), 273(3), 274(3), 471(3), 472(3), 475(3), 478(3); ENG 340(3), 350(3); FRN 326(3), 335(3), 381(3), 382(3); GRM 325(3), 475(3), 485(3); MED 374(3), 375(3); MUS 345(3), 543(3); THE 323(3)-with permission of instructor, 541(3), 547(3).
  3. No more than two courses with the same course code may be counted toward the certificate.
  4. All candidates must satisfy the General University Certificate Requirements.

Completion requirement

Attain a GPA of 2.50 or higher for all courses used to fulfill the certificate requirements.

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