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Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs Minor

The Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs (REWA) program offers a minor for Georgetown Main Campus undergraduate students administered through the Berkley Center. The REWA minor gives students an opportunity to explore the role of faith and values across topic areas including international relations, comparative politics, and history and cultures. In our interreligious and intercultural world, developing a nuanced understanding of these topics is of critical importance and value in the academy and across professions.

Minor requirements are structured around three thematic areas: Faith and Ethics in International Relations, Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective, and Religion in History and Culture. Students can tailor their REWA courses to one of these three thematic areas, specialize in a particular geographical region, or focus on a religious tradition. See Course Requirements below for more information. Current REWA courses can be found here

The Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs Minor program also features regular seminars and professional development opportunities, as well as a year-end gathering where students present their capstone research to one another and to faculty for feedback and discussion.

Course Requirements 

REWA students take a total of six courses: one course in three thematic areas plus two electives from any area, as well as a capstone seminar, GOVT 313: Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs, with a major research paper requirement.

  • Area 1: Faith and Ethics in International Relations (one course): Courses in this area will address the role of religion and/or ethics in interstate relations, including U.S. foreign policy, regional conflicts, and human rights and religious freedom questions.
  • Area 2: Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective (one course): Courses in this area will address the role of religion in politics in particular countries and regions, and encompass treatments of the role of particular religious traditions in society and politics.
  • Area 3: Religion in History and Culture (one course): Courses in this area will explore the role of religion in national and regional histories and its contemporary expressions in culture and society.
  • Capstone: GOVT 313: Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs (offered fall and spring semesters)
  • Electives (two courses from any area)

REWA courses are now marked as eligible for Area 1, 2, and 3 on MyAccess (under “Attributes,” look for College/SFS REWA). To petition for a course not marked as REWA, students should contact the Berkley Center Director of Student Programs with the course number, title, and description.

For SFS Students 

There is a two-course double-counting maximum with a student’s SFS core requirements. SFS students enrolled prior to fall 2019 (class of 2020, 2021, and 2022) have the option of pursuing a REWA minor or certificate. 

  • Courses may not be double-counted between a major and minor or minor and minor.
  • Up to two courses may double-count between a major and a certificate. 

Please see the full policy on double-counting in the Undergraduate Bulletin, Section II, "Of special note." 

For College, MSB, and NHS Students

Courses counting toward core requirements may be double-counted toward the REWA minor. Courses may not be double-counted between a major and minor or minor and minor. Please see the full policy on double-counting in the Undergraduate Bulletin, Section III, 4.

How to Apply

Students may apply at any time. Enrolling during sophomore year is strongly encouraged. Admission to the minor is competitive. Interested students should complete this application form, which requires a 250-word statement of interest, a writing sample, and an unofficial transcript.

Faculty Advisors

Ryann Craig, director of student programs, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; adjunct assistant professor in the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
E-mail Address: Ryann.Craig@georgetown.edu

Michael Kessler, managing director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; associate professor of the practice of moral and political theory in the Department of Government; and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center
E-mail Address: mjk62@georgetown.edu.

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