Religion And Special Programs

Students who wish to combine the study of religion with work in programs should consult the departmental representative. In recent years, Religion majors have received certificates in African Studies, African-American Studies, American Studies, East Asian Studies, European Cultural StudiesGender and Sexuality Studies, Hellenic Studies, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Theater and Dance and Visual Arts.

Please note that while students are encouraged to explore the academic opportunities that the interdisciplinary programs provide, requirements for the major in Religion must take priority over work in the programs.

Beginning in the fall of 2010, the Department of Religion and the Center for African American Studies will offer an opportunity for students to complete the requirements for the major in Religion and the certificate in African American Studies in a coherent and efficient manner.

A student majoring in Religion may fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in African American Studies by completing three courses in African American Studies that are offered by Religion Department faculty and cross listed with AAS.

In addition to AAS 201, a student would then only need to take one additional course either in the Race and Public Policy, or in the Global Race and Ethnicity sub-field in order to graduate with a certificate in African American Studies.  One of those two additional courses would count as a cognate course for the major in Religion

Current cross-listed courses include:

v  REL 256/AAS 256 African American Religious History
v  REL 310/AAS 304 Introduction to Global Pentecostalism
v  AAS 305/REL 391 The History of Black Gospel Music
v  AAS 318/REL 318 Black Women and Spiritual Narrative
v  AAS 321/REL 321 Black Power and its Theology of Liberation
v  AAS 332/REL 332 The Nation of Islam in America
v  ANT 389/REL 333/AAS 333 Religion and Culture: Muslims in America
v  REL 367/AAS 346 The American Jeremiad and Social Criticism in the United States
v  AAS 358/REL 379 Sexuality and Religion in America
v  AAS 365/REL 362 Migration and the Literary Imagination
v  AAS 368/REL 368 Topics in African American Religion
v  REL 372/AAS 382 Race, Religion, and the Harlem Renaissance
v  REL 377/AAS 376 Race and Religion in America

In addition, there are a few Religion courses that would count as cognates for the certificate:

Ø  REL 258 Religion in American Society
Ø  REL 328/GSS 328 Women and Gender in Islamic Societies
Ø  REL 360/GSS 360 Women and American Religion

For questions about the certificate, please contact the AAS Department Manager, April Peters or visit

For a complete list of the Race and Public Policy and Global Race and Ethnicity sub-field courses, please click on the links below.

Race and Public Policy courses:
Global Race and Ethnicity courses: