Civic Interfaith Studies Minor to Launch Fall 2020

April 7, 2020

By: Dominique McShan

Beginning Fall 2020, Baylor University undergraduate students will have the option to pursue a minor in Civic Interfaith Studies. This interdisciplinary program seeks to educate students in the theory and praxis of a civically-engaged approach to religious diversity in an array of vocational careers.

The Civic Interfaith Studies minor is housed in the School of Social Work, and is a result of partnerships among the Office of Spiritual Life, Department of Multicultural Affairs, Academy for Leadership Development, School of Education, and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.

The program is designed to complement most majors, and exists as a compilation of courses that address civic engagement and religious diversity. Currently, approved classes include courses from the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC), Department of English, Department of Religion, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, and the School of Education. 

According to Dr. Josh Ritter, assistant director for spirituality and public life at Baylor University, "the Civic Interfaith Studies minor will equip students to lead more effectively in a world that is continually increasing in political polarization and religious diversity."

"The goal of this program is to prepare students for increasing interfaith interactions, encounters, and experiences they will face, as well as equip students with the necessary tools of civic engagement for use within their communities," Ritter continued.
The Civic Interfaith Studies minor seeks to advance the Baylor University mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Program requirements and a list of approved courses are available online.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing the Civic Interfaith Studies minor should consult with their academic advisor before pursuing the program.

For additional information contact Josh Ritter