Area II: Theological Studies--Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics
From Area III: Historical Studies--Studies in Church History, History of Christian Thought, and other historical studies of Christianity, the Christian tradition
Area IV: Public Leadership and Ministry Studies--Studies in the work of the church, in particular conducting liturgy and preaching, and of the various forms of ministry, pastoral care and public leadership
Area V: Contextual and Formational Studies--Field Education and Community-Based Learning conducted alongside theological reflection on parochial, social, educational, or clinical ministries
Area VI: Comparative and Cultural Studies--Ecumenical, Interfaith and cross-cultural studies in religion, philosophy, the arts, sociology, and anthropology
General M.Div. Electives
Each student in the MDiv must complete an approved Transcultural Learning Experience (TLE) at any point during the MDiv program. The TLE may accompany a course from Area VI, Comparative and Contextual Studies, or may take the form of an independent study in Field Education, or may take place during the summer term. The Experiences have been worldwide, and the College has funding available to defray the costs of the student’s travel and accommodation, where this is necessary.
The primary purpose of the Experience is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop a wider framework from which to see their identity, community, and context so that they may develop a deeper understanding of ministry. In order for the TLE project to be approved and assessed, each student must submit a written proposal and self-evaluation to the Director of Field Education, in consultation with the Dean, if necessary. In both documents, a set of articulated learning objectives for the TLE will be cited that will fulfil the following criteria, stated here as prospective goals:
The Rule has been created primarily as a means to support the formation of MDiv students. It is completely voluntary and is provided for guidance and support.
Rule of Life (PDF document)
The Faculty of Theology recognizes, and strongly supports, the primacy of academic freedom as articulated in the following policy: