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Certificate Program in P+RS

Complement your studies

The philosophy and religious studies program offers two distinct certificates — ethics and world religions. By studying ethics, you prepare yourself to recognize ethical issues in personal, professional and social contexts. World religions introduces you to the religions of the increasingly complex, multicultural world we live in.

These certificate programs are a great way for students to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace or to prepare for further studies in graduate school.


Interested in developing your ethical reasoning skills? The ethics certificate is perfect for majors and minors in philosophy and religious studies. It is also a great choice for students in pre-professional programs with ethics requirements and those interested in graduate study and careers in healthcare ethics, legal ethics, and corporate ethics and compliance. It is also a natural complement to the leadership certificate currently offered through the College of Business’s Department of Management and Marketing.

With this certificate you will:

Gain greater awareness of yourself as an ethical reasoner and moral agent.
Sharpen your ability to recognize ethical issues in personal, professional and social contexts.
Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of different ethical concepts, theories and perspectives, and be able to effectively employ them in a variety of settings to address a variety of ethical issues and problems.
Articulate and justify your own ethical values and modes of ethical reasoning.
Understand and strengths and weaknesses of other ethical perspectives and theories.

Certificate requirements

To receive certification in ethics, you are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits and to write a reflection essay in which you assess the extent to which you have achieved the above goals and outcomes.

Click below to see the specific course requirements.

Ethics certificate

World religions

Do you want to enhance your marketability to employers or as a potential graduate student? Whether your career goal is in education, business, healthcare, music and the arts, science, psychology or humanities, our certificate in world religions is a perfect addition to your degree plan. A review of scholarship shows that those who have a foundational understanding of religious studies are equipped with the essential tools for success in careers and graduate school.

The goal of the world religions certificate is to:

Prepare you for success in an increasingly complex, multicultural world.
Obtain a solid foundation in understanding a central aspect of human experience.
Evaluate the impact of religious systems, institutions and issues in local and global contexts and across cultures.
Make significant progress toward developing respect for diversity and fostering equity and inclusivity.

Certificate requirements

To receive certification in world religions, you are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits, with three credits coming from introductory courses, six from non-western concentration courses and six from western concentration courses.

Click below to see the specific course requirements.

World religions certificate

How do I declare a philosophy or religious studies major, minor or certificate?

If you're interested in any of the above, or changing from your current major, see your academic advisor or contact the philosophy and religious studies program director at

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