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RELIGION AND DIPLOMACY
Eimad C. Houry, Co-Director/Professor of International and Global Studies
Richard Francis Wilson, Co-Director/Professor of Religion
 
Religion and diplomacy is a growing field of study that acknowledges the influence of religion on the discourse and conduct of international relations. The minor in Religion and Public Diplomacy allows interested Mercer students to combine relevant courses in global studies, various religious traditions, and applied skills to develop capacities that promote peace. In addition, the minor is intentional about recognizing the role of women and gender in shaping religious, political, economic, and diplomatic relations. The successful student will use the knowledge acquired in the minor to inspire men and women to become actively involved in peacebuilding and interfaith dialogue.
Minor in Religion and Public Diplomacy
18 semester credit hours minimum
 
Insights into the Contemporary World—one course from:
AFR/POL 330. Race, Law, and Politics
ANT 350. Cultural Anthropology
GDS 200. Introduction to Development Theory and Practice
HIS 210. The Twentieth-Century World
IAF/POL 253. Introduction to International Relations
IGS/PHI 297. Global Ethics
POL 312. Politics of Developing Nations
POL 313. Middle East Politics
POL 315. Latin American Politics
SOC 295. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
The Impact of Gender—one course from:
AFR/JMS/WGS 310. Race, Gender, and the Media
POL/WGS 332. Women, Law, and Politics
POL/WGS 314. Women in Developing Countries
REL/WGS 363. Women and Religion
SOC 312. Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
Religious Insights–one course from:
AFR 230. Religion and the American Black Experience
PHI 240. Philosophy of Religion
PHI 247. Eastern Philosophy
REL 110. Why Religion Matters
REL 170. Beginning with Abraham
REL 230. Approaches to Christian Ethics
REL 353. Religion in America
REL 356. Eastern Religions
REL 357. Western Religions
Relevant Skills in Public Diplomacy—one course from:
COM 230. Intercultural Communication
COM 380. Argumentation
CHN/FRE/GER or SPN 251. Intermediate Language I
IGS 402. Senior Project
PHI 180. Logic
Senior Seminar—one course from:
IGS 380. Special Advanced Topics in Global Studies (approved by director)
REL 384. Seminar on Selected Topics in Religion (approved by director)
One additional course from any of the subject areas listed above
A minimum of 6 hours must be completed at the 300 level or above.
 
The certificate in Faith-Based Diplomacy allows interested Mercer students to combine courses in various religious traditions with courses that explore contemporary global challenges in order to discern the ways and extent to which religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and worldviews shape and respond to global affairs. Students seeking a certificate in Faith-Based Diplomacy may not pursue the minor in Religion and Public Diplomacy.
 
Certificate in Faith-Based Diplomacy
12 semester credit hours
 
Contemporary World—one course from:
IAF/POL 253. Introduction to International Relations
GDS 200. Introduction to Development Theory and Practice
POL 313. Politics of the Middle East
GDS 301. Poverty Alleviation Models and Practices
Religious Studies—one course from:
REL 110. Why Religion Matters
REL 170. Beginning with Abraham
REL 353. Religion in America
REL 356. Eastern Religions
REL 357. Western Religions
Special Seminars—one course from:
IGS 380. Special Advanced Topics in Global Studies (approved by director)
REL 384. Seminar on Selected Topics in Religion (approved by director)
One additional course from those listed above
A minimum of 50 hours of relevant service, determined in consultation with the program director.
No more than 3 hours in the certificate may count in another major or minor.