Why study Religious Studies?

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.

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.

The certificate in religious studies can be useful for those interested in career fields such as:

  • 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

Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the bottom of this screen.

Students in the UC College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Whether your interest arises from a desire to examine of the religious tradition of your own family or community, to develop of intercultural literacy, to study questions of purpose and value, or to complement your  intellectual interests in areas such as ethics, literary analysis, philosophy, sociology, anthropology or history via the study of religion, you can pursue those goals by completing this certificate. The certificate in religious studies can be part of a liberal arts education that prepares you to deal with complexity and diversity, and helps you develop analytical skills and a sense of social responsibility.

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 and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Jennifer Caplan
3506 French Hall-West
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0169
(513) 556-3188

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Program Code: 15CRT-RELG-C2