Master of Divinity

Feminist and Womanist Studies Specialization

This specialization provides the theological and ethical frameworks for social change from women’s socioeconomic locations and perspectives. Studies will put emphasis on particularity and diversity.

To meet the requirement for this specialization, students will complete courses from the list below – through which they will study women’s roles, social locations and voices – and complete an integrative paper.


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

CE-640: Ethics of Sex

CE-645: Feminist and Womanist Ethics

CE-720C: Contemporary Moral Issues: Human Trafficking

CH-642: Christianity and Social Issues in the U.S.A.

CH-736: Julian of Norwich

CT-659: Gender, Sin and Addiction

CT-731: Gender and Theology

HB-650: Women in the Biblical World

HB-726: Interpreting Ruth and Esther

HB-745: Women in Judges

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

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

NT/SR-630: Gender in Ancient Religion

NT-650: Reading Early Christian Fiction

PC-721: Gender, Culture and Pastoral Counseling

WO-710: Worship and Gender


Yvonne Zimmerman


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.