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Philosophy and Religious Studies Certificates

Complement your studies

The philosophy and religious studies department offers three distinct certificates — ethics, world religions and analytical reasoning. By studying ethics, you prepare yourself to recognize ethical issues in personal, professional and social contexts. The world religions certificate introduces you to the religions of the increasingly complex, multicultural world we live in. A certificate in analytical reasoning makes an excellent addition to any major.

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.

Ethics Certificate 

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. 

Learn more about the ethics certificate

World Religions Certificate

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.

Learn more about the world religions certificate

Analytical Reasoning Certificate

Does your career path require critical thinking skills? Or maybe you're looking to increase your understanding of logic? The analytical reasoning certificate will educate you on both those topics and so much more. Courses range in discussions about ethics in professions and the community to philosophical perspectives on forgiveness. Students interested in a career in law may find this certificate particularly useful, however, the certificate is intentionally designed so that you can pick and choose the philosophy classes that are most relevant to your interests and major — making it an excellent addition to any program.  

Certificate requirements

To receive certification in analytical reasoning, you are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits, with at least three credits coming from introductory courses and the remaining credits chosen from a wide selection of philosophy courses. 

Learn more about the analytical reasoning 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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