Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

Upon completing the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and interpret religious traditions by examining the plurality of religious voices and expressions, including currents that have been marginalized, neglected, repressed, and censored in a variety of sociological, psychological, philosophical, and political ways.

Requirements for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

Students pursuing the certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (14 credit hours) to satisfy certificate requirements.
  • A minimum grade of  'B-' (2.67 grade points) or better for all courses taken for a letter grade.

This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this certificate. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the certificate’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism14

Certificate Requirements

Theory-Intensive Courses
RELI 558MYSTICISM: THEORIES AND METHODS3
RELI 581GNOSTICISM SEMINAR3
RELI 587WESTERN ESOTERICISM: METHOD AND THEORY3
Thematic Courses
Select 1 from the following:3
AMERICAN METAPHYSCIAL RELIGION
ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION
RELIGION AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE
ADVANCED TIBETAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
DIVINE SEX
PAIN, ECSTASY AND EMBODIMENT IN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
BUDDHIST WISDOM TEXTS
THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS SCHOOL
MUTANTS AND MYSTICS: THE PARANORMAL AND POPULAR CULTURE
THE SACRED ARTS OF SECULAR MODERNISM
SECRET RELIGION
Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism (GEM) Research Forum
RELI 600GEM RESEARCH FORUM 11
Total Credit Hours14

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing this certificate should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • Graduate students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first been admitted into a graduate-level Rice degree-granting program. 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

For additional information, please see the Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism's page on the Department of Religion website: http://reli.rice.edu/GEM

Opportunities for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this program.