Master of Divinity

Ecology and Social Change Specialization

Out of love and respect for future generations, religious leaders need to provide those they serve with a theological framework for resisting greed, gluttony and the destruction of resources. This specialization equips students to lead others in developing economic, political, social and technological lifestyles for a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world, leading to a higher quality of life for all of God’s creation.


12 credit hours from the following list of courses and an integrative paper or project. (Students may not use PT-610 for both the required M.Div. spirituality course and the specialization.)

CH-736 (336): Julian of Norwich

CH-767 (367): The Social Gospel Movement

ED-640 (220): Ecological Religious Education

HB-715 (315): Genesis

HM-730 (440): Community Organizing and Preaching

PT-600 (220): Food, Land and Faith Formation

PT-605 (230): Practical Theology and Ecology

PT-610 (250): Spiritual Formation and Social Change

PT/WO-620 (260): Worship, Ecology and Social Justice

PT-630 (333): Celtic Spirituality

PT-700 (340): Dialogues in Faith and Science


Lisa Withrow and Tim Van Meter


A note about dual degrees and specializations: There are some limitations to overlapping requirements between M.Div. specializations and dual degree requirements. For example, in the dual M.Div./MAPT degree, students cannot use the M.Div. required Spirituality course in a MAPT specialization as well.

Also, dual degree students cannot combine certain specializations because of the overlap. For example, in the M.Div. program a student may have a Spirituality specialization, but if that student is also seeking a MAPT degree, the student may not specialize in Spiritual Formation and Small Group Ministry. Please contact the registrar for more details.