Interfaith Leadership Studies

Concentration

The Interfaith Leadership Studies concentration is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills essential for professional and civic leaders in a religiously diverse society. As our national and global communities become increasingly interconnected and diverse, and ability to work effectively with individuals and communities with differing religious and cultural worldviews becomes a precondition for success in many professional fields including health professions, human services, education, government, international business, ministry, and law.

By combining perspectives from several academic disciplines, Interfaith Leadership Studies helps students obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the social, political, and cultural contexts of diverse religious traditions, and of the implications of interfaith relationships.

Students also receive an opportunity to develop a set of academic, practical, and interpersonal skills conducive to building mutual respect, constructive relationships across religious and cultural lines, and a commitment to the common civic good.

More information about the Interfaith Leadership Studies program can be found in the Course Catalog.

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Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Interfaith Leadership Studies program can – and do – make an impact on campus and in the community. Several students worked together to secure the 2020 Interfaith Action Award, a grant from the Interfaith Youth Core, to create a designated interfaith space on campus.

The space is currently in the works for the first floor of Alexander Hall, a campus residence hall. When completed, it will serve as a calming and welcoming space for students from all religious and spiritual backgrounds. Students hope to provide a comprehensive interfaith education library, prayer rugs, candles, and other supplies that are of use to religious practitioners. Read more about the project here.

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