Folklore

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Requirements

The MAIS concentration in religion, culture, and values is particularly relevant for students who are interested in careers in law, national and international government, print and media journalism, library sciences, archives and museums, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, and religious communities and institutions. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is rich in the presence of many major religious traditions and their places of worship.

The core courses introduce students to the study of religion as a unique and rigorous intellectual discipline. Students learn to evaluate a variety of perspectives on religion and gain a clear understanding of the dimension of the sacred in all aspects of human life including those commonly designated "secular". Students discover how religious perceptions of the sacred respond to an evolving world and relate to and influence cultures, institutions, and values.

Students also examine the effects of historical crises and the forces of change on religions including contemporary religious pluralism and inter-religious dialogue. Students gain a deeper knowledge of specific traditions and a more profound understanding of values and worldviews from the viewpoint of cultural diversity and religious pluralism.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2013-2014)

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar Credits: 1

Two core courses (6 credits) chosen from:

RELI 630 - Approaches to the Study of Religion Credits: 3
RELI 631 - Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality Credits: 3
RELI 632 - World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue Credits: 3
RELI 635 - World Religions in Transition and Transformation Credits: 3

Two or three additional courses in religious studies (6 to 9 credits) chosen from:

RELI 591 - Special Topics in Religious Studies Credits: 3 (may be repeated for credit)
RELI 633 - Ethical Perspectives of World Religions Credits: 3
RELI 636 - Religion and the Natural Environment Credits: 3
RELI 642 - Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture Credits: 3

One course in research methodology (3 credits) chosen from:

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History Credits: 3
SOCI 634 - Qualitative Research Methods Credits: 3

Two or three courses in a specialization (6 to 9 credits)

Specialization in religion, culture, and communication

Students take the course below and one or two other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

COMM 605 - Intercultural Communication Credits: 3

Specialization in religious traditions and conflict analysis and resolution

CONF 695 - Selected Topics Credits: 3 (if appropriate)
CONF 702 - Peace Studies Credits: 3
CONF 722 - Conflict and Religion Credits: 3

Specialization in religion, culture, and ethics

RELI 633 - Ethical Perspectives of World Religions Credits: 3
PHIL 640 - History of Ethical Theory Credits: 3
PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics Credits: 3

Specialization in religion, values, and international politics

GOVT 540 - International Relations Credits: 3
GOVT 741 - Advanced Seminar in International Politics Credits: 3 (if appropriate)

One to four elective courses (3 to 12 credits)

Students chose electives in consultation with their advisor, bearing in mind the their specialization, project, or thesis topic. Any of the courses under the specializations listed above or courses from other disciplines listed below may be used as electives.

ANTH 535 - Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I Credits: 3
ANTH 615 - Ritual and Power in Social Life Credits: 3
ANTH 684 - Independent Study in Sociocultural Anthropology Credits: 1-6
COMM 605 - Intercultural Communication Credits: 3
CONF 695 - Selected Topics Credits: 3
CONF 702 - Peace Studies Credits: 3
CONF 722 - Conflict and Religion Credits: 3
EDUC 537 - Foundations of Multicultural Education Credits: 3
ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3
GOVT 540 - International Relations Credits: 3
GOVT 741 - Advanced Seminar in International Politics Credits: 3
HIST 510 - Approaches to Modern World History Credits: 3
PHIL 604 - Augustine and Aquinas Credits: 3
PHIL 617 - Movements and Issues in the History of Political Philosophy Credits: 3
PHIL 640 - History of Ethical Theory Credits: 3
PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics Credits: 3
SOCI 614 - Sociology of Culture Credits: 3
WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues Credits: 3

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal Credits: 1

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project Credits: 1-5 or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Credits: 1-5 (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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