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

The certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism is a graduate certificate. For general university requirements, please see Graduate Certificates. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. 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 overall GPA of 2.67 in required coursework with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each course.

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 where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the certificate's 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 course from the following:3
THE SUPERNATURAL AND RELIGION
ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION
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
ARCHIVES OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
SECRET RELIGION
Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism (GEM) Research Forum
RELI 600GEM RESEARCH FORUM (2 semesters required, 1st semester) 11
RELI 600GEM RESEARCH FORUM (2 semesters required, 2nd semester) 11
Total Credit Hours14

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

Department of Religion Graduate Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Religion publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2018_19/Religion_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

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.

Additional Information 

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

Opportunities for the Certificate in Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

Additional Information 

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

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