Religious Studies Certificate

The certificate in religious studies provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the study of religion by examining religious traditions through the methods of literary analysis, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and history. Incorporating courses from several departments, the certificate fosters critical thinking by exposing students to diverse methodologies and perspectives. Students will deepen their conceptual understanding of religion as well as familiarize them with various religions. This certificate will help students engage in well-informed and thoughtful discourse about religion in general and specific religious traditions.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student who earns a certificate in film and media studies will be able to:

  • Identify and describe major events, trends, and concepts of film and media history and film/media theories
  • Identify and describe major, canonical, or path-breaking films and media artifacts (i.e., television, on-line videos, video games) as well as major genres and authors, using the appropriate methods and tools of analysis and criticism
  • Articulate an awareness of trends in national, international, and third cinemas and media (i.e., artistic, financial, political)


Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Application Information

Program Code


Program Details

Program Requirements


1 years

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The certificate in religious studies can be useful for those interested in careers in

  • education
  • community service
  • a wide variety of religion-affiliated organizations
  • journalism
  • social work
  • business
  • many other fields that value individuals whose skills include research, writing and critical thinking

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


Core Curriculum

This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.

If you are currently confirmed or enrolled, you can check your degree requirements online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school, use to see how credits you have earned will transfer to UC. See course descriptions by college.

Curriculum Guide Versions: Religious

Studies Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

Religious Studies Certificate Requirements
►ANTH2068, Religion in Culture, DC, SS, 3
►JUDC2028, Introduction to Biblical Studies, HU, 3
►PHIL2030, Philosophy and Religion, DC, HU, 3

One course from Religious Texts and Literary Approaches group below, 3
► One course from Religious Traditions group below, , 3
► One course from Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives group below, , 3
► One course from Thought, Philosophy & Spirituality group below, , 3
► One additional course from any group below, , 3


Free Elective
► 1000 level course(s) or above, , 3

Religious Traditions
►AFST3045, African Religions, , 3
►CLAS1021, Greek and Roman Mythology, DC, HU, 3
►CLAS1022, Mortals, Myth, and Magic in the Ancient World, DC, HU, 3
►CLAS2033, Egyptian and Mesopotamian Mythology, DC, HU, 3
►CLAS3002, Greek and Roman Religion, DC, HP, 3
►CLAS3012, The Acropolis of Athens: An Ancient City's Sacred Heart , FA, HP, 3
►RELG2062, History and Thought: Buddhism, DC, HP, 3
►Religious Texts and Literary Approaches
►AFST2042, Religion in African American Literature, , 3
►CLAS2032, Celtic and Norse Mythology, DC, HU, 3
►ENGL2076, Old Testament Literature, HU, 3
►ENGL2077, New Testament Literature, HU, 3
►ENGL3050, Bible and Literature I, , 3
►ENGL3051, Bible and Literature II, , 3
►JUDC1033, Ancient Stories of Creation, HU, 3
►JUDC2029, Bible: Hebrew Scriptures, DC, HU, 3
►JUDC2031, Biblical Poetry, HU, 3
►JUDC2032, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, HU, 3
►JUDC2036, Introduction to Rabbinic Literature in Translation, DC, HU, 3
►JUDC2037, Demons in the Bible and Related Texts, SE, HU, 3
►JUDC3001, Biblical Narratives, , 3
►JUDC3003, Biblical Interpretation in the Greco-Roman Period (323BCE-620CE), , 3
►JUDC3028, Women in the Bible, DC, HP, 3
►JUDC3048, The New Testament in its Jewish Matrix, , 3

Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives
►AFST3080, Black Church in America, , 3
►GEOG3039, Geography of Religion, , 3
►HIST3001, History of Christianity I, , 3
►HIST3002, History of Christianity II, , 3
►HIST3003, Witchcraft and Religion in Early America, , 3
►HIST3004, The Crusades, , 3
►HIST3067, Jews and Muslims in the Modern Mediterranean, , 3
►HIST3072, Saints and Sinners, , 3
►HIST4012, Religion and Society in Latin America, , 3
►HIST4054, The Reformation, , 3
►JUDC1027, History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500, DC, HP, 3 - 4
►JUDC1028, History of Jewish Civilization 2: 1500 to the Present, DC, HP, 3 - 4
►JUDC2034, Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, DC, HP, 3
►JUDC2041, Women in Jewish Civilization, DC, HU, 3
►JUDC3030, Jews and Islam, DC, HP, 3
►JUDC3052, Gender and Judaism, , 3
►JUDC3061, American Jewish History 1654 to present, , 3
►JUDC3063, The Merchant of Venice in Historical Perspective, , 3
►JUDC3080, Dead Sea Scrolls, DC, HP, 3
►JUDC3082, Studies in the Holocaust, , 3
►JUDC3084, The History of Antisemitism, , 3
►JUDC3085, Religion and Genocide, , 3
►JUDC3090, Art and Judaism, , 3
►JUDC4005, The Bible and the Ancient World, , 3
►JUDC6010, Antisemitism , , 3
►POL3015, Religion & Politics, , 3
►WGS2071, Women and Religion, DC, HU, 3

Thought, Philosophy, and Spirituality
►JUDC1035, Introduction to Judaism, DC, HU, 3
►JUDC2039, Evolution of the Angel, HU, 3
►JUDC2061, Modern Jewish Thinkers, DC, HU, 3
►JUDC3017, God, , 3
►JUDC3095, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, , 3
►JUDC4087, The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil, , 3
►PHIL1030, Philosophy and Atheism , HU, 3
►PHIL2042, Science, Magic and the Occult , HU, 3
►RELG1001, Introduction to the Study of Religion, HU, 3
►RELG3019, Suffering and Death, DC, HU, 3
►RELG3051, Spirituality and Mysticism, , 3
►WGS2070, Feminist Perspectives on Spirituality, DC, HU, 3

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