Master of Divinity
Interreligious Contexts Specialization
We live in an increasingly multi-religious country. Our diversity requires leaders who promote positive religious interaction while maintaining the integrity of their own faith traditions. This specialization will equip students to provide leadership in congregational and community settings, with a particular focus on interaction with the broader religious population.
The student’s Field Education experience should include some aspect of leadership work in an interreligious setting.
When completing the Cross-Cultural requirement, the student should give special attention to exposure to another religious context. Assignments submitted shall also give evidence of engagement with multi-religious issues.
Choose 12 hours from the following list of courses:
If a 500 level SR course is chosen, it cannot also be used to meet the M.Div. foundational requirement in the study of religions.
CE/SR-680: Religion and Society
CH/SR-740: Holocaust Roots, Realities and Ramifications
CH-750: Wesley and Society
CT/SR-733: The Nones: Spirituality and Belief Beyond Religion
ED-675: Educating for Peace and Justice
HB/NT-641: Dead Sea Scrolls
HB/NT/SR-645: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
ME-580: The Mission of Church in a Multicultural Society
NT/SR-630: Gender in Ancient Religion
NT/SR-736: Paul, Jews and Gentiles
PC-711: Multicultural Perspectives and Issues in Pastoral Counseling
PT/SR-635: Celtic Spirituality
SR-511: Interreligious Relations
SR-550: Introduction to World Religions
SR-553: Multi-Religious America
SR-652: Christian-Muslim Relations
SR/CE-654: Comparative Study of Religious Ethics
SR-655: Abrahamic Faiths
SR-657: Perspectives on Buddhism
SR-658: Perspectives on Islam
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.