A religiously pluralistic society needs leaders committed to respectful and collaborative engagement with diverse faith traditions.

In collaboration with the Department for the Study of Religions this concentration will provide students with opportunities for focused study of a non-Christian religious or spiritual tradition and the development of the necessary leadership skills for fostering interfaith understanding and cooperation.


The concentration requires 12 credit hours and a practical project approved by the concentration adviser. Students will usually complete the following progression :

  • REL 695 Exploring Interfaith Practice and Leadership (3h) | Offered in Fall 2022
  • Choose 6 hours of coursework engaging with the same non-Christian religious tradition
  • Choose 3 hours of additional coursework:
    • Engaging with a different, non-Christian religious tradition -or-
    • Engaging interfaith leadership, dialogue, or the comparative study of religious traditions
  • Leadership Practice: an internship emphasizing interfaith literacy and leadership or similar practical project as deemed appropriate by the concentration adviser.