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Interreligious Leadership

Director: Nirmala S. Salgado, professor of religion; B.A., M.A., London; Ph.D., Northwestern

The Interreligious Leadership Experiential Minor (IRLD) allows students at Augustana to explore various religious traditions, interreligious dialogue, and the application of such knowledge to private, government, non-profit, and advocacy work. Classes in the minor program also focus on intercultural awareness and leadership skills. Students with an IRLD minor should be able to display interreligious competency in both an academic and practical sense.

Students must apply to the program by sending a letter of intent to Dr. Nirmala Salgado or another advisor in Religion. The letter must include a description of ways in which study and leadership in interreligious dialogue will contribute to the student’s potential career goals.

The requirements are as follows:

1. RELG 150 (four credits)

2. Two courses (eight credits) from the RELG "Cross-Cultural" requirement. One of those Cross-Cultural courses should be from RELG 287, 387, or 388, and the other should be from RELG 285, 385, or 386.

3. One course (four credits) in either BUSN 304 or COMM 260.

4. Two areas of practicum:

  • Participation in “Faith Zone Training,” offered through Campus Ministries (RELG-001).  Contact Connie L. Huntley for details.
  • Participation in 0-3 credits of internship work done through CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration), “INTR CORE.” This will be for a minimum of 80 hours.  A proposed description of this internship work, mapped out by the student and an advisor in CORE, must be submitted to Dr. Nirmala Salgado or another advisor in Religion for approval.  Applicants are free to consider any relevant option for this internship, as long as the work involved advances interreligious awareness.  

Students completing IRLD will be required to have passed each class in the program with a “C” or higher. Students majoring in any discipline are encouraged to participate. IRLD is housed in the Religion department. The minor will be granted to students after a 30-minute exit interview attended by two faculty members in Religion, conducted after submission of a short essay in which the student articulates knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

Fellowships

Two Interreligious Leadership fellowships of $500 each are available for minors in the 2018-2019 year, and two fellowships are available for the 2019-2020 year. These fellowships are awarded by the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning to qualified students who are IRLD minors.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

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