This Week: April 8 – 12

Do your plans for summer include summer school?

Summer planning is underway for many School of Divinity students. This year’s summer session at the School of Divinity offers a variety of opportunities for students to earn credits toward their degrees as they explore interesting course topics over the summer months. The 2013 summer session unfolds over two five and one-half week terms. Session 1 officially begins May 29 and concludes on July 3. Session 2 begins on July 8 and concludes on August 10.

What are some advantages to enrolling in summer school courses?

  • A lighter course load in summer sessions can enhance learning by allowing more time for intensive study of course material.
  • A reduced tuition rate ($350 per credit hour) makes summer courses more affordable.
  • By completing summer courses, students have an opportunity to reduce their academic year course loads, thus leaving space for expanded internships, employment or other projects.
  • Some summer course offerings are uniquely suited to the summer session and thus are only offered at that time.

Summer School courses are open to degree-seeking School of Divinity students, students who are beginning the Master of Divinity program in the fall of 2013, students enrolled in other institutions who are seeking transfer credit options, and non-degree-seeking students. Those who are not enrolled in the School of Divinity should contact the Admissions Office for information on how to be admitted to the summer session.

This summer, the School of Divinity is offering a diverse selection of courses:

Note: Current School of Divinity students can register for summer courses (with the exception of “The Spirituality of Food” course) through WIN.

An intensive summer course, online Hebrew is equivalent to a full academic year (two semesters, six credit hours) of study and is intended to provide students with the basic fundamentals necessary to engage the text of the Hebrew Bible in the original language for the purposes of study, research, and ministry. By the end of the course, students will be able to write, read, and pronounce Biblical Hebrew, and to arrive at a basic understanding of any relatively straightforward text (primarily narrative/prose) from the Hebrew Bible, with the aid of lexica, reference grammars, and the like. Additional information about the course is available from the course professor, Clinton Moyer.
“The Spirituality of Food, Field, and Table: A Retreat on the Art of Homecoming” will take place on the campus of Warren Wilson College in the mountains of North Carolina on June 16-20. School of Divinity students can enroll in the course for credit. The course features experiential learning as well as lectures and discussions that explore theological and scriptural dimensions of the practices of field and table. This is a 1-credit course, pass/fail only. Interested students should contact Susan Robinson in the Office of the Academic Dean as well as complete the event registration form located here. The course requires additional fees for housing and meals. Registration is limited.
THS 790 Christian Encounter with Hinduism (three credit hours) is being offered during Summer Session II and counts as the world religions course required for the Master of Divinity degree. Course description:  Many Christians are simultaneously bewildered by Hinduism and appreciative of it—bewildered by a tradition that seems to affirm thousands of divinities, and appreciative of its enduring legacies of wisdom, meditation, and religious tolerance. The first task of “Christian Encounter with Hinduism,” therefore, is understanding: students gain literacy in the history and thought systems of this diverse tradition. The second task is engagement: having encountered Hindu texts and practices, students return to their home theological tradition to assess their new categories and questions. Themes include divine unity, multiplicity, and embodiment; practices of prayer and meditation; paths to salvation; and religious emotions and dispositions. The professor for this course is Michelle Voss Roberts.
MIN 790 Specialized Internship (one credit hour): The School of Divinity has some funds available to support summer internships. Each year the School accepts applications from students for summer internship awards. All internship award recipients for summer placements and all Community Engagement Fellows must enroll in a one-credit summer internship course. More information is available from the Office of the Academic Dean.
Directed Study courses (one to three credit hours):  Students who want to expand or apply their study beyond the School’s regular course offerings can request to enroll in direct study courses if they meet the overall minimum GPA requirement of 3.0. Interested students should contact individual faculty members about directed studies and submit an application to the Office of the Academic Dean. Independent Study forms are available here. 
German for Reading Knowledge is being offered in the summer sessions through the University. GER 001 and 002 are geared toward graduate students who need German for their research and for their future academic careers.  It covers extensive discussions of German grammar and the German lexicon as well as daily translation exercises.  The course runs over both summer sessions, and the second session focuses on working on an article or book chapter from the students’ chosen fields.  Heiko Wiggers in the German Department is the professor for the course. Students who take this course will also get extensive preparation for potential German language examinations in their fields. The teaching times are 9:25 – 10:40 (Monday through Friday).  Interested students should inquire through the Registrar’s Office regarding fees for the course as this is not a School of Divinity course.


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Blessings on the week ahead,

  Jill Crainshaw
  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs