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We offer transformative educational programs that provide students with a rich understanding of religion and global affairs, empowering them to help address some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Undergraduate Religion and Global Affairs Concentration

Coordinator: Alexander Hsu, Academic Advisor, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

This concentration within the Keough School supplementary major will introduce you to the world of global affairs as it intersects with religion in both its practical and theoretical aspects; further your understanding of global issues and enable you to discern the role played by religious actors in shaping them; and prepare you to approach complex world problems with a solid knowledge of the ways in which they are entangled with faith-inspired ideas.

The track requires five courses:

  • An anchor course in religion and global affairs (offered by Alexander Hsu, starting in fall 2020)
     
  • Two to four electives: Select three courses from the approved list of courses in the Keough School, the College of Arts and Letters, or another school or college. Note: a course not in this list but that fulfills the profile may be approved upon request. The request must be approved prior to enrolling in the course. Exceptions will be considered for students enrolling in the concentration after having taken courses that may apply.
     
  • A Keough School of Global Affairs capstone course. 

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Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate students pursuing coursework in global affairs who have a special interest in engaging the religious are encouraged to visit with our academic coordinator Alexander Hsu to enhance their course of study in formal and informal ways. The Ansari Institute hosts several reading groups dedicated to building scholarly community within and across the disciplines, invites your contributions to undergraduate pedagogy in the study of global religion, and solicits your participation in our projects engaging the public, including our Classes for Everyone. We are also able to fulfill modest requests for funding research and events.