United Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Leadership in Humanist Studies

Accepting students for enrollment starting Fall 2022

The MAL in Humanist Studies concentration fosters leadership that is ethically grounded, informed, skillful, globally responsible, personally sustainable, and committed to meeting the needs of the Humanist community. This program is designed for students interested in becoming leaders who intend to work in humanist settings and/or interreligious settings that include Humanists. The concentration offers a nondogmatic and nondoctrinal approach to learning leadership within an interreligious and ecumenical seminary community.

This MAL program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in pursuing a career in community, chapter-based, regional or national organizational leadership. If you wish to receive training for ministerial competencies with a Humanist focus, check out the MDiv in Humanist Studies program.

 

CONCENTRATION LEARNING OUTCOMES

In addition to achieving the core MAL degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the MAL in Humanist Studies program will be able to:

  • articulate the core values of Humanism and how these values have been expressed in multiple historical and cultural contexts;
  • articulate a personal Humanist philosophy that is informed by a critical interpretation and analysis of the perspectives of multiple Humanist philosophers;
  • articulate opportunities for practicing Humanist values in the world that incorporate their expressed personal beliefs derived from those values as well as critical reflection on their social position and past experiences; and
  • articulate strategies for effective organizational leadership in multiple Humanist-oriented non-profit contexts.

 

United’s MAL at a Glance

  • 48 credits
  • Sixteen 3-credit courses, including one field experience and a final project
  • Can be completed in two years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • All MAL concentrations, including Humanist Studies, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

LEARNING OUTCOME
NUMBER OF COURSES
COURSES
Religious Texts 2
Two 1000-level Religious Texts courses
Theological Tradition 2
Religious and Theological Interpretation
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Ethics/Justice 2
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 1 Intro to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Cultural Contextualization 1
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
CORE SUBTOTAL
10
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 6
Humanist Worldviews: Then and Now*
Humanist Philosophies & Understandings*
Humanist Aesthetics and Practices*
Humanist Leadership: How to Run Organizations*
One additional elective
MAL Final Project
CONCENTRATION SUBTOTAL
6
DEGREE TOTAL
16
* Courses offered online only.

 

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