Master of Divinity

Black Church and African Diaspora Studies Specialization

This specialization will do two things. First, it will prepare students to lead within black church traditions. Students will study how to integrate classical and practical theological disciplines from the vantage point of black church traditions.

Second, it will equip students with a greater understanding of the diverse experiences and heritages of peoples of African descent. Students will increase their appreciation of the work of justice and understanding across differences, and the contributions of heritages stemming from Africa to the church.


12 credit hours from the following list of courses and an integrative paper or project.

CE-645: Feminist and Womanist Ethics

CE-710A: Great Ethicists: Martin Luther King Jr.

CH-634: African-American Religious History

CH-636: American Christianity in Black and White

CH-644 Race, Religion and Nation: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter

ED-525: Christian Education in the Urban Church

HB-781: Gender, Race, and Ecology in the Hebrew Bible

HB/NT/HM-735: The Bible and Preaching in the African-American Traditions

LS/CE-735:  Women & the Ethics of Leadership

PC-660: African-American Pastoral Care

PT-540: Doing Our Own Work

PT/CH-755: Howard Thurman

SR-652: Christian-Muslim Relations

WO-575: African-American Christian Worship


Valerie Bridgeman and Tejai Beulah


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.