Intercultural-Interfaith Leadership Minor
Become a cross-cultural, cross-religion bridge-builder.
Today professionals in various sectors–healthcare, law, business, education, NGO's, government service, public policy, and beyond –are beginning to recognize the need to address the religious/spiritual dimensions of their work. As an Interfaith Leadership Minor, you’ll learn how to serve more compassionately and effectively, contributing to the evolution of a more inclusive and just society.
Our interdisciplinary program will provide you with a set of competencies and perspectives to begin understanding the stakes of our religiously diverse world. In small, discussion-based classes, guided by our world-renowned faculty, you learn how to be a force for cooperation in our polarized world.
You will graduate well-equipped to make an impact in whatever career you pursue.
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- IDENTITY/BIAS: Reflect on students' own and others' identity formation and perspective; articulate how religious and other identities and worldviews affect perceptions of issues that arise in various environments and situations; and articulate how such perceptions can result in bias.
- COMMUNICATION/DIALOGUE: Demonstrate effective communication and dialogue facilitation skills that can be used to address interreligious conflict and promote interfaith cooperation, engagement, and understanding.
- RELIGIOUS LITERACY: Demonstrate an understanding of what it means to be religiously literate; articulate ways that religions differ in thought, practice, and organization; and articulate the meaning of "pluralism" in this context.
- LEADERSHIP: Identify interfaith challenges and opportunities; propose inclusive methods for addressing them; and articulate how to lead implementation of those inclusive methods.
- APPLICATION: Demonstrate interfaith leadership (as defined above) in a collaborative community-based project.