The certificate is available to individuals who are current
graduate students in other programs at Rutgers, including education, history,
philosophy, political science, psychology, and social work, as well as other
qualified applicants. Students may
specialize in one of the three academic areas, namely religions in America,
religion and conflict, and contemplative studies. A
general certificate in religious studies also is available.
Certificate students are required to take four courses,
comprising 12 credits: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion plus three courses. Students
interested in pursuing a certificate emphasizing one of the three areas (religions
in America, religion and conflict, or contemplative studies) should
complete the three courses in that area.