The Women’s Studies Program at United is founded on the seminary’s long involvement with women’s issues in church and society and our commitment to gender equality. The program’s guiding vision is creating a place to explore the great diversity of women’s experiences as they inform contemporary religion, theology and ministry. This concentration is the core of Women’s Studies Program, providing a rich combination of academic coursework and a variety of forums for intellectual and spiritual renewal.
United graduates in Women’s Studies have gone on to design an HIV/AIDS program for women and families; develop liturgies and curriculum for reimagining their churches; become a spiritual director; continue doctoral study and teach; incorporate their learning into their art; and use what they have learned to benefit and grow their parish ministries, whether as Christian education/faith formation directors, ordained clergy or lay congregational leaders.
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.
- 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.