There is an urgent need for people with specialized skills and training to assist others with reconnecting to their own core values and beliefs and to cope with emergent situations, through Pastoral Care, Spiritual Direction, and Chaplaincy. To accomplish this, Hindu University of America (HUA) has developed a Master’s degree program in Inter-Spiritual Philosophy, within the School of Divinity. Students who complete the academic requirements for any of the HUA Master’s Degree programs, but do not have a Bachelor’s Degree qualification are awarded HUA Advanced Diplomas in the program of their study. If these students earn a Bachelor’s Degree or certified equivalent from another academic institution later on, they could be considered for award of an HUA Master’s Degree.
The courses will be offered based on sufficient number of student registered.
This innovative 30 credit program has four modules:
Group A – Religious Traditions: total credits 9
These courses are designed to provide a background of Hindu traditions needed to present Hindu values and concepts to the general public, to chaplaincy situations, and to other faith leaders.
Choose any three from:
- Indigenous and Earth Religions 2. Abrahamic Religions
- Eastern Traditions 4. New Age Thought
Group B – Communication within Pastoral Care, Spiritual Direction, and Chaplaincy total credits 9
Background is needed for being the spokesperson of Interfaith chaplaincy, and to be able to perform basic counseling services. Choose the speaking course and three of the counseling courses:
- Public Speaking and Communication Skills
- HNP 6201 Pastoral and Inter Spiritual Basics
- HNP 6202 Listening, Communication, Analysis
- HNP 6203 Pastoral Care for Situational Crises
(Developing adaptive coping strategies: Suffering, Grief, Despair, Depression Fear, End of Life Issues from the Hindu perspective)
Group C: Interfaith Studies: total credits 6
In today’s society, there are often instances when religions and spiritual groups need to come together to focus on universal problems or to celebrate universal activities. Chaplains need to have the background and skills to conduct such events. Choose any two:
- HNP 6210 Major World Religions (beliefs, perceptions and practices )
- HNP 6900 Independent Study: Conducting interfaith programs, services, ceremonies, interfacing with other religions, cultures in preparing programs focused on world peace and harmony.
- HNP 6210 Interfaith Networking
Group D – Specialty Trainings total credits 6
A student must take two class of category one and may also choose and additional area of chaplaincy study.
- Sacred Ceremonies: 3 credits
- Faith practices and Rituals 3 credits
- HNP 6900 Independent Study: Pastoral Care, Spiritual Direction and Chaplaincy Specialties credits 3
Student may wish to study a specific service area of chaplaincy. To be decided with the advisor.