Summer School 2017

Many School of Divinity students are already making summer travel, work, and study plans. Perhaps you’re a clergy, lay leader, or community member interested in furthering a topic that interests you. This year’s summer session at the School of Divinity offers a variety of opportunities for students to earn credits toward their degrees or for others to explore interesting course topics over the summer months. The 2017 summer session unfolds over two five and one-half week terms. Session 1 officially begins May 23 and concludes on June 29. Session 2 begins on July 6 and concludes on August 11.  Registration for summer school begins on Monday, March 13 and continues until May 30, 2017.  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.
  • 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 2017, 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 see information in the “How do I apply” section below or 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, Administrative Coordinator in the Office for Academic Affairs, has information about summer courses not open for registration through WIN.

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

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

Summer Session I (May 23 – June 29)

  • IDS – Independent Study courses (1 – 3 credit hours): Students who want to expand or apply their study beyond the School’s regular course offerings can request to enroll in independent 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 online.
  • MIN 790A – Film and Preaching: The Gospel According to Hollywood with Dr. Sunggu Yang (3 credit hours): The course begins with the realization that in today’s visual media-fond society, film has had a strong cultural, spiritual, ideological, or even theological influence over people’s minds. Plus, movies have shown creative communicative ways in narrating stories or propagating important ideas. Given the “cinematic-social situation,” this course is designed to help class participants improve their preaching practice through critical dialogue between film and preaching activity. At the beginning of the course, the class participants will discuss film’s cultural influence, theological or religious themes in movies, and filmic ways of effective communication, as well as topics in pop theology. That discussion will be followed by critical consideration on how we can render preaching performance culturally more relevant, theologically richer, and communicatively more effective in relation to film. Participants will spend a later third of the course by watching and analyzing films, and actually writing and preaching creative, cinematic sermons. Fulfills MIN 551 requirement.
  • THS 790A – Whiteness in Christian Theology and Practice with Dr. Elizabeth Gandolfo (3 credit hours): This online/classroom blended course will critically examine the social construction of whiteness, along with its deconstruction, in Christian history, politics, theology, and practice.  Students will investigate the role of Christianity in the following: the historical rise of Euro-centrism and white supremacy; enduring systems of Manifest Destiny, white American exceptionalism, and white privilege; and contemporary Christian approaches to dismantling white supremacy, renouncing white privilege, and seeking racial justice, solidarity, and reconciliation.  Particular attention will be paid to the “paradox of privilege” amongst white persons living in poverty. RC area requirement.

Summer Session II (July 6 – August 11)

  • HIS 735 – Classic Texts from World Religions with Dr. Neal Walls (3 credit hours): This course examines great works of literature from the world’s religious traditions (including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). While the basic teachings of selected religions are introduced for students with little or no background in the subject, the focus of this class remains on scriptural and literary texts that offer classic theological perspectives on the human condition. These are beautiful and profound writings, ranging from the tragic to the sublime, that challenge readers with perennial questions of religious significance. Our subjects and readings may encompass philosophical discourses, prophetic oracles, lyric and mystical poetry, lamentation and tragedy, erotic imagery, and apocalyptic visions of cosmic destruction. Readings include the Gilgamesh Epic, the Qur’an, Sufi poetry, Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapada, and Zen sutras. RP area requirement.
  • MIN 790A – Enlivening Scripture: Proclamation, Rhythm, and Song with Sally Ann Morris (1.5 credit hours): Designed to create and develop skill sets for the proclamation of Scripture and Song in worship, this course leads students to experience and develop techniques for confident and capable public speaking, vocal production, and physical presence.  Using creative methods of scripture reading ‘from the page” and storytelling “off the page” including memorization, students will apply these skills to both Scripture and Congregational Song. A third component, Rhythm, will feature the use of percussion instruments as effective enhancements to the proclamation of Scripture and Song by a congregation.
  • July 17 – 21, Clinton TN – Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy led by Dr. Derek Hicks (3 credit hours): This course will be an intensive Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) immersion experience for seminary or divinity/theological school students who wish to engage and cultivate necessary prophetic voices with communities on the margins of theological education—in particular, those communities contending against systemic injustices perpetuating the intersectionalities of racist and economic struggles that directly impact children and youth. The CDF immersion conference provides an alternative or liminal space to study justice ministries. We will consider and challenge Biblical and theological assumptions justifying institutional complicity with oppressive systems that create insular maintenance of churches quite disconnected effectively from folks on the margins. We will examine the present nature of theological education and consider pressing questions regarding public theology and contextual practice within the marketplace. The foci of this course underscore partnerships with local communities working with CDF, collaborating with those who are engaged directly in the struggles for social justice. We study, “How do we construct narratives of learning and justice ministries at the center of our theological training?” We also explore, “What is our theological voice in the public square; what are the possible roles of public theology?” This course will include contextual learning and research in forming public leaders to facilitate collective organizing/re-organizing of churches as justice-making communities to extend beyond the immediate concerns of philanthropy. In addition to registering for the course through the School of Divinity, participants must also register for the conference and housing here. (Note: the information listed on the Institute website is for 2016. Please wait until the 2017 Institute information is posted.RC area requirement and Multicultural Contexts for Ministry (CC area).

Summer Internship Course

  • May 23 – August 11 – Specialized Internship with Dr. John Senior and Rev. Christopher Copeland (.5 credit hour Summer Session I; 1 credit hour Summer Session 2; 1.5 credit hours total): Admission to this course is by application only. Internships provide students with opportunities to integrate what they are learning in the classroom 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 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 this summer internship course. Students who are not receiving a stipend from the School of Divinity but are working in summer ministry internship settings may also take this course, with permission of the instructor.  More information is available from the Office of the Academic Dean.
I'm not a current School of Divinity student. How do I apply?

To enroll in summer courses, those interested will need to complete an abbreviated application for admission and meet the listed admission requirements. Applications will need to be submitted no later than May 26, 2017.

Supplemental materials can be uploaded on the electronic application, mailed to: Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Office of Admissions and Student Services, P.O. Box 7710, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109, or emailed to divinity@wfu.eduSee abbreviated application for admission for detailed instructions.

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Note: Students currently enrolled at the School of Divinity are not required to complete the application process.

Tuition and Financial Aid

A reduced tuition rate is available for summer school:

  • $375 per credit hour

While scholarships are not available for summer school courses, students enrolled for at least 4.5 credit hours in any given term are eligible to apply for federal loans.