Through the certificate in religious studies, students examine beliefs, rituals, practices, and social structures from communities around the world. The program offers students an opportunity to study the history and formation of these practices, beliefs, and structures, as well as their reinterpretations over time. 

This significant area of human activity throughout history remains a potent force today in modern politics, society, and culture. Its study is an essential part of a global liberal arts education. 

As an interdisciplinary program that stresses the role of religion in human affairs, the religious studies certificate program requires six courses taken from a variety of departments.