This Week: January 20 – 24

Many School of Divinity students are already making summer travel, work, and study plans. 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 2014 summer session unfolds over two five and one-half week terms. Session 1 officially begins May 27 and concludes on July 3. Session 2 begins on July 8 and concludes on August 9.  Registration for summer school begins on Monday, March 17 and continues until April 30, 2014.  Registration is open on WIN for both summer sessions and does not require a PIN number.

What are some advantages of 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 2014, 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.

Current School of Divinity students can register for most summer courses through WIN. Susan Robinson has information about summer courses not open for registration through WIN.

Students can direct questions about financial aid for summer school to the Office of Admissions.

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

  • 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. The featured speaker and teacher for the course is activist theologian Ched Myers. Myers is co-founder of the Sabbath Economics Collaborative and the Center and Library for Bible and Social Justice. 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. Meets the Spirituality requirement and counts toward FFRLI concentration.
  • Interested students should contact Susan Robinson in the Office of the Academic Dean.
  • The course requires additional fees for housing and meals (approximately $300). Registration is limited.
  • SPI/HIS 790 World Sacred Music: The Fes Festival is scheduled for Summer Session One and includes travel to Fes, Morocco (June 12-22, 2014). Since 1994 the historic African city of Fes, Morocco, has hosted the annual Festival of World Sacred Music. As its brochure explains, the nine-day festival aims “to harness the arts and spirituality in the service of human and social development, and the relationship between peoples and cultures.” The festival seeks to dissolve musical boundaries as it honors the diverse spiritual traditions of the world. Musicians and dancers come from across the globe to perform and share in intercultural and interfaith conversations. Each day of the festival features a morning forum, an intimate afternoon concert in the courtyard of the Batha Museum, an evening performance outside the medina’s medieval gate (Bab Al-Makina), and a late-night exhibition of Sufi chants and dancing (dhikr) from various Moroccan brotherhoods. See for last year’s program. Professor Neal Walls will guide students as they reflect theologically on festival concerts and the diverse cultures represented at the festival. This three-credit hour course meets spirituality or world religions requirements.
  • Approximate Course Costs
  • Flights: currently $1400
  • Tickets: $400
  • Hotels: approx. $300 in a double room
  • Program Costs: $150
  •  Divinity Tuition (3 credits): $1050
  •  TOTAL = approximately $3300, plus books, meals, and personal expenses
  • Interested students should contact Neal Walls.
  • MIN 790 Specialized Internship (one credit hour): Internships provide students with opportunities to integrate what they are learning in classrooms with what they encounter in ministry settings. Summer internships uniquely accomplish this by immersing students in intensive ministry work over a sustained period of time. Students working in ministry during the summer can enroll in a one-credit specialized internship. The course emphasizes cohort learning and peer theological reflection. Each year the School accepts applications from students for school-sponsored summer internship awards. All internship award recipients for summer placements must enroll in a one-credit summer internship course. More information is available from the Office of the Academic Dean.
  • A new US multicultural contexts course to be held May 8-15 is being considered. This will be a 3-credit course and will count toward the multicultural contexts requirement.
  • 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


Academic News

Last Day to Add Classes, with permission Tuesday, January 28
Incomplete Work from Past Term, due to instructor Wednesday, February 12
Last Day to Drop Classes, with permission Tuesday, February 18


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Blessings for the week ahead,

  Jill Crainshaw
  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs




Photo by: Ken Bennett, University Photographer