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Religion and Society Graduate Certificate

Build a multidisciplinary foundation for understanding the complex religious influences in modern societies at the local, national, and global level.

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What You'll Learn

  • Apply an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and critical theory methodology to the study of religion in society from a nonsectarian perspective. 
  • Understand the historical origins, central teachings, devotional practices, and social/political influences of religious traditions. 
  • Explore ways that religions shape—and are shaped by—society, culture, and politics.  
  • Consider the ways in which a foundation of religious literacy can improve the ability of professionals in the public and private sectors to work effectively.

Earning Your Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Certificate Courses

The graduate certificate in Religion and Society requires 4 courses:

  • 2 core certificate courses
  • 2 certificate elective courses

Search For Courses

You can browse courses by term — fall, spring, or summer — in the DCE Course Search & Registration platform.

Upcoming Term: Summer 2024

Summer course registration is open through June 20. Learn more about how to register

Fall 2024 courses and registration details will be live in June.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2023–24 rate) $3,100 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $12,880