Claremont School of Theology, M.A. in Religion, Ph.D. in Religion: Process Studies
Description of Program The purpose of the program in Process Studies (subtitled “Eco-Process Studies in Culture and Religion”) is to train future leaders in process-relational approaches to the study of ecology, culture, and religion today. Process Studies combines a variety of newly emergent fields and integrative methods in order to address key areas of debate that arise at the intersection of religion, culture, and nature.
The program aims to provide academic leaders, religious leaders, and leaders in society with the tools necessary for understanding the interconnections between ecology, culture, and religion in this postmodern and pluralistic world. They will be trained in emerging theoretical perspectives that help to reconceive and overcome fundamental dichotomies and binaries in contemporary culture. Using the techniques of postmodern/poststructuralist scholarship in particular, students will learn to formulate a truly pluralistic and differentiated worldview, one that is appropriate to our contemporary society and able to contribute to transformational change.
The Process Studies concentration draws on and seeks to integrate the whole range of contemporary studies in culture and religion, including their theological, philosophical, cultural, environmental, and interreligious dimensions. It aims to train students in the integrative shift that has been initiated by process theology, so as to enable them to work for a creative transformation of our world in the context of the most pressing concerns of our day.
The diverse fields of interaction will include philosophies in Western and non-Western traditions, theologies and philosophies of religion in diverse traditions, comparative religious studies, process studies and process theology, gender studies, feminist theory and feminist theologies, cultural studies (critical theories and liberation theologies), ecological studies (philosophies, theologies, and spiritualities), and the various fields of religion and science.
Drew Theological School, S.T.M. Process Studies
Description of Program The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree provides advanced study for:
- Aspiring scholar-teachers preparing for doctoral studies
- Scholars who wish to deepen their training or engage a new field
- Ministers who want to enhance their competency in a specific area of study or professional practice
- A fourth year of preparation for Christian ministry
The STM is an 21-credit degree designed for deepening knowledge, finding one’s scholarly voice and increasing professional competence.
New York Theological Seminary, M.Div: Theological Studies
Description of Program The NYTS Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a 90-credit graduate degree designed for women and men who are already serving full-time in ministry, who are bi-vocational, or who are contemplating a shift from a secular to a religious vocation. The MDiv is the standard graduate degree for professional ministry in the United States and Canada. It is designed to provide exposure in considerable depth to the broader range of theological disciplines (biblical studies, history, theology, ethics, sociology of religion, and the arts of ministry) in a manner that integrates theory and practice, or reflection and action. Many churches require the MDiv for ordination, and while others may not make it a requirement, they often encourage their pastors or other leaders to secure the degree to prepare them for more effective leadership.
Alliance Theological Seminary, M.A. New Testament Studies
Description of Program The purpose of the Biblical Literature degree is to provide students with a strong biblical and theological foundation for continued research at the doctoral level and professional opportunities.
ATS offers a unique blend of socio-cultural, historical, and exegetical investigation of scripture and Christian concerns throughout the world taught by faculty who have significant intercultural or church-focused experience. In addition:
- Students learn how to interpret the testament of their choice in the appropriate biblical language and how to use original language Bible software for research, teaching, and professional development.
- Students are challenged to engage the ideas and concerns of international scholarship and equipped to enter competently and thoughtfully into the theological conversations taking place around the world.
- Students are taught to apply strategic questioning to exegetical investigations with the goal of ascertaining not only what a text meant when it was written, but also what it continues to mean for the changing contexts of the twenty-first century.
- Students will build a historical and cultural framework for interpreting the Bible in general, and their testament of emphasis in particular.
- Students will gain a command of the formation, content, and critical questions related to the literature of their testament of emphasis.
- Students will learn how to trace the development of biblical theology as a discipline and to understand recent theological approaches to their testament of emphasis.
- Students will be able to employ solid exegetical and hermeneutical methodology in interpreting the text of their testament of emphasis.