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Religious Studies
115 Major Williams Halll, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227
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Certificate Overview

The graduate certificate in Religious Studies serves the Commonwealth, including (but not limited to) currently-enrolled graduate students at Virginia Tech. These students have come from programs such as Material Culture and Public Humanities, ASPECT, Sociology (including Women and Gender Studies, as well as Africana Studies), Political Science, Philosophy, English, and History.

Graduate courses for this certificate emphasize questions of method and theory in the academic study of religion. As such, the certificate gives students a way to formalize their academic interest in this field of study and hold a credential that will enhance their ability to find teaching, research, and policy positions after graduation. In addition, non-degree-seeking students will enhance their understanding of religion for professional or personal reasons. 

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the certificate should possess an undergraduate degree and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Commonwealth Campus students and students who have Dual Status are also eligible for admission.

Course Requirements

The certificate requires the completion of 9 credit hours. No transfer credits are permitted. 

6 credits from among the following are required (all are 3H, 3C): 

  • RLCL 5124 (ASPT 5124) - Religion & Modernity in the West
  • RLCL 5134 (ASPT 5134) - Islamic Political Thought
  • RLCL 6024 (ASPT 6024) - Major Figures in Contemporary Religious Thought
3 credits of elective courses from among the following:
  • The list above
  • Another 5000-level or 6000-level course subject to approval by the certificate candidate's advisor.
    • (Please be sure to check current course listings for special studies in RLCL, as well as other departments offering courses in the academic study of religion)