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Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs Minor

The Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs (REWA) program offers a minor for Georgetown undergraduate students in the Walsh School of Foreign Service* (see note below) and Georgetown College, administered through the Berkley Center. The 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 the professions.

Students enrolled in the minor take a total of six courses: five courses in three thematic areas (one required course from each area plus two electives), as well as a capstone seminar, 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: Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs (offered fall and spring semesters)
  • Electives (two courses from any area)

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.

*NOTE: For any SFS student enrolled at Georgetown prior to fall 2019, you may pursue REWA as a certificate, which has all of the same requirements as above, but is governed by different rules regarding double-counting courses (please find details on double-counting in the undergraduate bulletin).

TO APPLY: Students may apply at any time. Enrolling during sophomore year is strongly encouraged. Admission to the minor is competitive. Interested students should send a 250-word statement of interest, a writing sample, and an unofficial transcript to Ryann Craig at rc282@georgetown.edu.

Other Information to Note

REWA courses are now accessible to view on MyAccess and are marked as eligible for Area 1, 2, and 3. To petition for a course not marked as REWA to count towards the certificate or minor, students should check with the Berkley Center program administrator.

SFS students: There is a two-course double-counting maximum with a student’s SFS core requirements. Courses may not be double-counted between a major and minor or minor and minor. You may double-count up to two courses between a major and a certificate, if you are eligible for a certificate (class of 2020, 2021, and 2022). Please see the full policy on double-counting in the Undergraduate Bulletin, Section II, "Of special note."

College 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.

If studying abroad, you may count up to two courses, with approval. To add a course the student has taken while studying abroad, the student should ask the Berkley Center program administrator. If approved, the course must be approved by the student’s dean, and it will be applied pending receipt of the student’s official transcripts from the Office of Global Education.

Staff Contact and Faculty Advisor

Ryann Craig is the staff contact for the Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs Minor program; Michael Kessler is the faculty advisor.

Ryann Craig, director of student programs, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
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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