Religious Studies Certificate

The Certificate in Religious Studies is designed for students who desire a concentrated course of academic study in the field of religious studies. Students will gain knowledge of the beliefs, practices, history, struggles, and influences of various religious and spiritual traditions from the perspectives of a variety of academic disciplines. Courses are rigorous and personally enriching. Religious studies address some of the most fundamental and enduring sources of meaning and community, as well as conflict and misunderstanding in human history.

Students will gain knowledge of many types of belief and practice communities. Through completing this certificate, students will demonstrate a sustained exploration and appreciation of people’s strongly diverse religious beliefs and behaviors.

Students must complete at least 5 courses, selected from the courses below. At least one third of the credits required for this certificate must be completed at Normandale.

Pending Approval

Required Courses: (9 cr)

ANTH 1188

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3)

PHIL 1150

Introduction to World Religions (3)

PSYC 2400


Psychology of Religion & Spirituality (3)

Elective Courses: (6 cr)

ANTH 1150


Native Americans: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (3)

ANTH 1899

Medical Anthropology: Health, Illness, and Healing Across Cultures (3)

ART 1102

Art History Survey I: Prehistory to 16th Century Europe (3)

ART 1105

Non-Western Art Survey (3)

ENGL 1175

Myths and Legends (3)

GEOL 1050

Earth History (4)

HIST 1101

History of World Civilizations 1 (4)

HIST 1102

History of World Civilizations 2 (4)

MUSC 1121

Introduction to World Music (3)

PSYC 1108

Psychology of Death and Dying (3)