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Online Undergraduate Certificate Program in
Hindu Religion & Culture

School: Missional College  //  Study Area: Serving Among Religious Groups

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Hindu Religion & Culture offers students an understanding of Hindu religion and culture as it is practiced in predominant Hindu societies as well as it's influence on western culture. The program challenges Christians to think theologically and missionally and learn practical ways to serve among Hindu people in their community, country and across the globe.  The certificate enables students to gain the following capabilities:

    • ability to compare and contrast various approaches to answering key questions regarding the relation between Christianity and world religions
    • ability to evaluate Christian/Hindu interaction historically, in the modern period, and its impact on missions and contemporary Hindu political movements
    • ability to read ancient Hindu religious texts in translation, understand modern Hindu philosophical movements and create Christian responses to Hindu religious thought
    • basic competency in articulating the Hindu salvific systems of India and their diversity of views as to the nature of God and ways in which these salvific systems shape the task of explaining the gospel
    • basic competency in reflecting theologically upon the central themes of Hindu religion and culture including classical Hindu views of self, the body, the cosmos, and human action
    • basic competency in researching Hindu philosophy and developing a Christian approach to Indian thought while addressing philosphical and ethical issues within Hinduism
    • ability to examine core sociocultural expressions of Hinduism such as rituals, contemplative renunciation, and devotion or the gobal and national distribution and diffusion of cultural norms associated with Hinduism, or ways in which Hinduism engages visual art through the use of symbols, artifacts, color and images
    • ability to develop methods and strategies to share the Christian faith with Hindu friends or to start churches in the Hindu context

Hinduism is the world's third largest religion. It is an Indian religion and dharma, or way of life, widely practised in the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, and some practitioners and scholars refer to it as Sanātana Dharma, "the eternal tradition", or the "eternal way", beyond human history. Scholars regard Hinduism as a fusion or synthesis of various Indian cultures and traditions, with diverse roots and no founder.  Its followers, known as Hindus, constitute about 1.15 billion, or 15–16% of the global population. Hinduism is the most widely professed faith in India, Nepal and Mauritius. It is also the predominant religion in Bali, Indonesia. Significant numbers of Hindu communities are also found in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, North America, Europe, Oceania, Africa, and other countries. The Undergraduate Certificate in Hindu Religion and Culture provides students with an opportunity to understand Hindu philosophy, ethics, rituals, cultural norms, and practices; and to develop hands-on tools for Christian engagement with Hindu adherents.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Bachelor completion program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving among religious peoples in the mission of God.

An exploration of the relationship between God who saves and humanity among the world’s diverse religious phenomena. The historical scope of this course begins with popular questions such as, “Do all paths lead to the same God?”, “Can salvation be obtained apart from the Christian Church?”, “What happens to people who never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ?” and “Where is God in non-Christian religions?” and compares and evaluates the models commonly proposed to answer these questions.

Introduction to Hinduism, exploring the history, scriptures and important religious movements of India. Consideration will be given to the Christian/Hindu interaction both historically and in the modern period. The state of missions to India and contemporary Hindu political movements will also be discussed.

Introduction to the ancient religious texts of India and modern religious and philosophical movements with particular emphasis on Hindu religious thought. Considers the Christian response to these faiths as they have become highly influential in the western context. Personal fieldwork amongst Hindus is encouraged.

Deep study of the salvific systems of India and the diversity of views as to the nature of God. Students will engage strategically in the task of explaining the Gospel to this different viewpoint.

Designed to help students deepen their understanding of Hinduism, and reflecting themes that are central to the study of Hindu religion and culture, this course explores classical Hindu theories of self, the body, the cosmos, and human action. Students read from Hindu texts ranging from ancient cosmology to philosphical teachings and modern ritual practices. Students explore Hindu philosophy and ethics by comparing core ideas about the human mind, body, selfhood and Hindu practices.

Initial research course exploring key issues for research in regards to Indian philosophy and the Christian faith’s approach to Indian thought. The course will be geared to the production of a publishable quality paper relating to significant philosophic and ethical issues within Hinduism.

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Survey of the interrelated religious traditions of South Asia that are often labeled "Hinduism.” It examines the historical foundations, themes, practices, rituals and philosophical and theological thoughts of the three Hindu paths or margas—ritual, contemplative renunciation, and devotion—as they have been lived and practiced down to the present day.

Geographic exploration and comparative analysis of the global and national distribution, diffusion, and cultural (material and non-material) norms associated with the Hindu religion. Students will engage through assigned readings, online discussions, and collaborative work that will help develop a better understanding for missional outreach around the world.

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Study of philosophy, methods and strategies for engaging friends from religious traditions and cultures of South Asia known as Hinduism. Includes an overview of the most common views of salvation and the nature of God in Indian culture.

This course will explore the biblical principles, methods, and strategies of church planting in the specific context of Hindu people groups. More than one billion Hindus in the world today present a unique challenge to Christian missions; therefore, specific emphasis will be given to the concepts of conversion, baptism, ecclesiology, and contextualization of the gospel to help plant churches in the Hindu context.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.

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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$295
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$885

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$236
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$708

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$177
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$531

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$118
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$354

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.