The minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership is a first-of-its-kind joint program housed in the Silver School of Social Work and the Wagner School of Public Service. The minor consists of academically rigorous, civically engaged classes that provide students of all faith backgrounds (including those who are unaffiliated with a particular faith tradition) the opportunity to engage purposefully in holistic multifaith dialogue, service, and academic work. It also equips students to better understand their own faith traditions and spiritual beliefs while simultaneously engaging in multifaith learning, in and beyond the classroom. The minor is not only for the religious but it is also for students who are interested in faith and multifaith dialogue as important social phenomena, regardless of their own faith stance.
Students wishing to minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership should make an appointment with Dr. Marcella Runell Hall, director of the Of Many Multifaith Institute for Leadership, and clinical instructor at the Silver School of Social Work, to develop an academic plan. She can be reached at 212.998.2267 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To the extent permitted by their home school, students may double-count courses taken for this minor to satisfy core curriculum, majors, and additional minors
The 16-credit multifaith and spiritual leadership minor consists of two required core four-credit courses; one four-credit required optional course selected from two options; and four additional elective credits for a total of 16 credits. All courses will be selected in consultation with the program director. This minor is open to all undergraduate students within the University. Specific course sequencing is not compulsory, but existing pre-requisite restrictions for electives will apply. Further, students will be required to develop a plan for progressing through the available courses for degree completion in advisement with the Of Many Multifaith Leadership director/SSSW faculty member.
Students must take the following two required core courses:
UPADM-GP253001 Multifaith Leadership in the 21st Century (4 credits, Required Core)
UNDSW-US 81 Whose Social Justice is it Anyway? Spirituality, Religion & Civic Engagement (4 credit, Required Core)
Students must choose one:
UNDSW-US 55 Diversity, Racism, Oppression & Privilege (4 credits) or
RELST-UA 1 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (4 credits)
Students must choose an additional four elective credits in conjunction with the program director.