Religious Studies Proficiency Certificate

Religion’s Role in Helping and Understanding Others

The Religious Studies Proficiency Certificate is primarily designed to provide supplementary training for those going into social work, education, and health care, to provide a credential for those working in faith-based social welfare or educational non-profit organizations, or for lay and assistant clerical leadership positions in religious organizations, and/or a gateway to an academic degree in Liberal Arts or related fields at the College or at a transfer institution. Students take courses that provide a background to religious and spiritual beliefs, practices and institutions from around the world and the United States. As well as taking introductory courses in comparative religion, students can choose courses that deal with more specialized issues such as death and dying, and the role of spirituality in human services. The Religious Studies Proficiency Certificate can be used in a variety of professions, such as economics, health care, social work, education, and law. Students earning the Religious Studies Proficiency Certificate may elect to continue their education at the College by completing 43 additional credits to earn the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts.

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Anthropologist – est. salary $67,480
Clergy – est. salary $50,463
Historian – est. salary $66,050
Museum Technician and Conservator –  est. salary $45,109
Social Science Research Assistants –  est. salary $43,385*

 

**EMSI Data, 2019; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Religious Studies Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

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