Courses

  • 12 Lessons

    PSYC 101 Happiness

    Happiness is a multidisciplinary exploration of human flourishing. The course draws from the academic study of happiness as explored in the humanities, specifically psychology, philosophy, religious studies, cultural studies, history, and law. The course surveys empirical research in the sciences, such as positive psychology, neuroscience, and biology. The content mirrors how it is taught by drawing upon teaching methods used in resiliency education. Ultimately, the course is a study of how humans organize themselves, their internal lives, their relationships, and their environments—communally and globally.
  • 10 Lessons

    REL 2110 Interfaith Leadership

    Welcome to this interactive educational experience where you will explore a comprehensive overview of interfaith leadership. Ideal for participants who are ready to start their journey toward interfaith leadership in earnest, this course covers the vision, knowledgebase, and skillsets of interfaith leadership, alongside personal reflection opportunities. Explore the foundational concepts of interfaith cooperation, learn about inspiring interfaith leaders, and examine the history of American religious diversity. Facilitated by Eboo Patel and featuring the voices of young leaders from many different backgrounds, the videos come paired with lesson plans, reading lists, and classroom activities developed by IFYC staff and faculty at Dominican University. This project was made possible by generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

  • 14 Lessons

    REL 2120 Interfaith Cooperation & Civil Rights

    Welcome to this interactive curriculum where you will explore the connections between interfaith cooperation and the historic movement for civil rights in the U.S. context. Ideal for participants looking to leverage their interfaith leadership to contribute to contemporary racial justice efforts, this course invites you to reflect on the role they wish to play in this work, includes an in-depth look at the interfaith connections behind the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, and invites participants to act on the intersections between religion and race in contemporary America. The curriculum was developed in partnership with IFYC alumna and Faith Matters Network Founder and President, Rev. Jennifer Bailey, and features a video of her discussing the intersection of interfaith cooperation and racial equity in her own life.

  • 12 Lessons

    REL 2130 #Interfaith: Engaging Religious Diversity Online

    The Internet has transformed every area of human interaction – including religion – more than any other invention in history. The new technology is disrupting traditional definitions of community, authority, beliefs, and even what it means to be human and present to one another. The Internet can be used to further divide people of different faiths and worldviews, or it can foster greater understanding – the choice is up to us. Interfaith Youth Core invites you to be part of a new generation of interfaith leaders who understand the power of the Internet, appreciate how it can be used to promote understanding across lines of difference, and are fully trained to maximize the impact of the technology for the common good. Join us by participating in our #Interfaith curriculum to strengthen your interfaith leadership online.

  • 4 Lessons

    REL 3000 Faith Over Fear

    Faith Over Fear helps faith and community leaders reduce and counter anti-Muslim bias, discrimination, racism, and violence in the United States. Participants will improve their skills and confidence to speak against anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination. In addition, they will increase community discussions to counter anti-Muslim bigotry effectively. They will also build more robust local multi-religious networks. Faith Over Fear uses compelling videos from some of our partners, online self-guided learning modules, and live sessions to connect with speakers and experts from Shoulder to Shoulder.

  • 5 Lessons

    REL 3200 Abrahamic Religions in Dialogue

    What do Jews, Christians, and Muslims have in common, and how do they differ? What are their foundations and their origins? Abrahamic Religions in Dialogue explores the origins and foundations of three of the largest Abrahamic religions––Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Special attention is given to how adherents express their religious identities through beliefs, behaviors, and acts of belonging. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by identifying similarities and differences within and between these three classical religious traditions. They will also respectfully and constructively engage with adherents of Abrahamic Religions to practice civil dialogue.
  • 2 Lessons

    RLIT 100 Religious Literacy Across the Professions

    Religious literacy fosters an ecosystem that promotes the public understanding of religion in all sectors of society. Yes, it is the responsibility of public schools to offer constitutionally friendly courses about religion and to apply religious literacy principles across the curriculum. But it is also the civic duty of every profession to promote religious literacy as a civic competency. Professionals play a unique role in cultivating religious literacy in business, journalism, social media, healthcare, and law. Contributors in this special issue call upon these professionals to take shared responsibility for cultivating a religiously literate citizenry.
  • 0 Lessons

    Virtues in the Public Square

    Virtues in the Public Square is an education initiative of The Foundation for Religious Literacy and the Religious Freedom Institute. The curriculum draws on the insights of two dozen scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The lessons translate the classical traditions of virtue for modern audiences. Rooted in the transformative power of Love and in service to the greater public, the project is a potent antidote to rising political strife and polarization. The curriculum models how our many spiritual paths can overlap to collectively forge a common good.