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:
- 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
The Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism is a graduate certificate. For general university requirements, please see Graduate Certificates.
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.
- All required coursework associated with the student’s corresponding degree program.
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.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism||14|
|RELI 558||MYSTICISM: THEORIES AND METHODS||3|
|RELI 581||GNOSTICISM SEMINAR||3|
|RELI 587||WESTERN ESOTERICISM: METHOD AND THEORY||3|
|Select 1 from the following:||3|
|AMERICAN METAPHYSCIAL RELIGION|
|ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION|
|RELIGION AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE|
|ADVANCED TIBETAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE|
|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|
|Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism (GEM) Research Forum|
|RELI 600||GEM RESEARCH FORUM 1||1|
|Total Credit Hours||14|
Footnotes and Additional Information
Students must complete 2 consecutive Fall and Spring semesters of RELI 600 (1 credit hour each semester for 2 credit hours total). This forum meets monthly throughout the semester.
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.
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.