Requirements for the M.A., M.A.R.L. and M.Div. Degree
- Foundational course
- Thesis (M.A.)
- Topic must focus on feminist or womanist theology, religion and/or ministry (6 cr)
- Elective courses
- M.A., M.A.R.L.: Three electives (9 cr)
- M.Div.: Four electives (12 cr)
- Elective courses may be selected from those approved for this concentration, or students may ask a faculty member to include a track in another course that explicitly addressed one or more of the concentration educational outcomes (faculty have discretion to decide if tracking is appropriate for a given course). If the faculty member agrees, some course readings and/or assignments would be tailored to allow the course to meet a concentration elective requirement; this would be noted on the student’s registration form. Also, a student may negotiate with the instructor of certain courses to focus on womanist or feminist thought or issues in that course.
- Browse the course catalog for approved electives for the Women’s Studies: Religion, Theology, Ministry concentration (select the red ‘Search’ button on the Courses page to view the WS electives).
Women’s Studies Program
The Women’s Studies Program is founded on United’s long involvement with women’s issues in church and society and our commitment to gender equality. Creating a place to explore the great diversity of women’s experiences as they inform contemporary religion, theology and ministry is the guiding vision of this program.
The core of the Women’s Studies Program is the Concentration in Women’s Studies: Religion, Theology, Ministry. The concentration, which provides a rich combination of academic coursework and a variety of forums for intellectual and spiritual renewal, is offered for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees.
The major annual public event offered through the Women’s Studies Program is the Susan Draper White Lectures in Women’s Studies. The lectures are held each spring and are designed to bring to United a nationally known speaker on feminist, womanist or mujerista thought.