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Summer School 2015

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. Summer learning opportunities are also open to those who are interested in diverse topics of study, including ministers and lay leaders. The 2015 summer session unfolds over two five and one-half week terms. Session 1 officially begins May 26 and concludes on July 2. Session 2 begins on July 7 and concludes on August 10.  Registration for summer school begins on Monday, March 16 and continues until May 30, 2015.  Registration is open on WIN for both summer sessions and does not require a PIN number (for current divinity students).

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 ($365 per credit hour for Summer Session I; $375 per credit hour for Summer Session II) 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 2015, 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 Assistant 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 the Office of Admissions.

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

Courses that Meet During Regular Summer Sessions I and II:

  • BIB 501 and BIB 502: Elementary Hebrew I & II (Summer Session I and II; three credit hours each) - An intensive summer course, online Hebrew is equivalent to a full academic year  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 (moyercj@wfu.edu).

  • HIS 661 – World Religions (Summer Session II; three credit hours) - An examination of the ideas and practices of major religious traditions in their historical and cultural contexts.  The primary focus is on the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the religions of China and Japan, and Islam. More information is available from the professor, Dr. Neal Walls.
  • Directed Study courses (either session; 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

Travel Courses:

  • MIN 790A Multicultural Contexts for Ministry: Roots & Branches: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship for Emerging Christian Leaders (Dates: May 18-25, 2015; three credit hours) This course is an immersion course that involves hands-on learning coupled with reading and study. Students will participate in organic farming, goat milking, making sauerkraut and kimchi, and yes, even chicken killing. The course will equip students with a deeper knowledge of Judaism and of the ecological roots of the Hebrew Bible as practiced by a modern eco-Jewish community. Students will be empowered with environmental leadership skills and will ground their theological learning in practical experience. Their newfound “Adamahnik” capabilities of integrating the physical, social, spiritual, and ecological realms will inspire them to lives of service in their own communities. A course such as this, where future Christian leaders learn from their Jewish counterparts in a Jewish setting, creates unique possibilities for a new kind of interfaith dialogue. The model we create can be emulated by other religious institutions, leading to greater understanding, empathy, and mutual trust between religious groups. For more information about Adamah, see http://hazon.org/adamah/. The total course fee is $250. Fulfills multicultural contexts for ministry requirement and food and faith requirement.
  • MIN790B Multicultural Context for Ministry: Washington, DC: “Christian Witness in Public Life: Local, National, and Global Landscapes in Washington, DC (Dates: June 7-13, 2015; three credit hours)  – This course explores different forms of Christian witness in American public and political life in local, national, and global contexts. Models of public witness that will be considered in the course include intentional Christian community, broad-based community organizing, servant leadership, asset-based community development, congregationally affiliated non-profit ministries, national denominational representation in Washington, federal government partnerships with faith-based communities, and global mission organizations. The course examines the theological commitments, social ethics, missional visions, organizational structures, and practical methodologies that give each model its distinctive shape and that create both opportunities for and challenges to the work of public witness. The course is intended to complement MIN790 GD “Christian Ministry and Public Leadership in American Life,” which focuses on the practices of public leadership. The cost to students is $300, in addition to summer tuition. Fulfills multicultural contexts for ministry requirement.
  • MIN 790C Topics: A New Heaven, A New Earth: Food Justice, Ecology, and Revelation (Dates: June 15-19, 2015; held at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa NC) – We live in an age when we can no longer ignore the ecological context in which all our personal and social actions play out. When we begin to learn more about the extent of our combined challenges—ecological degradation, social inequity, food insecurity, climate change—we quickly become overwhelmed. Our world is ill. We need healing. The magnitude of our generation’s challenges can easily lead to inaction, fatalism, and despair. Yet the long arc of God’s redemptive work, as reported by the biblical writers, is a hopeful alternative to despair or naïve optimism. The world will be made whole, those biblical writers tell us, and we along with it. In the book of Revelation we discover a compelling set of images depicting that wholeness—the Tree of Life, the River of Life, the Heavenly Banquet Feast. This is a vision of heaven come down to earth. “See, the home of God is among mortals,” John the Seer reports. Far from simply a quaint picture of heaven, such imagery has to potential to help us reimagine how we live now, starting with our own bioregions. Each morning during the course Dr. Rossing will explore these images from Revelation as touchstones for thinking about the life of faith and how we grow and share food. In the afternoon, skilled practitioners in permaculture, ecology, and community organizing will lead experiential learning workshops. For people of faith in search of wisdom with which to respond to our current “ecology of injustice,” this course will offer knowledge, tools, and disciplines to help us “seek the peace” of the places in which we dwell.  The cost to students will be summer tuition plus a variable fee for room and board. View more info on the course webpage. Fulfills food and faith requirement.
  • MIN 790D: Mobilizing for Justice: Advocacy Ministry with Children and Youth, at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy (Course dates: July 20-24) - Join clergy, divinity students and other faith-based advocates for children at CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, TN, for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children in the 21st century. Leaders for the course include Marian Wright Edelman (President, Children’s Defense Fund) and Otis Moss, III (Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago). The cost to students is $300, in addition to summer tuition. For more information, see Derek Hicks.

Summer Internship Course:

  • MIN 540: Specialized Internship (One credit hour; meeting dates: May 19, 2015 and August 13, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) - 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 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 this one-credit summer internship course. More information is available from the Office of the Academic Dean. 

Summer Course Schedule Overview

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 22, 2015.

Completed applications can be emailed electronically to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions at divinity@wfu.edu or mailed hard copy, with supplemental materials, to: Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Office of Admissions and Student Services, P.O. Box 7710, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109. See abbreviated application for admission for detailed instructions.


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:  

  • Session I: $365 per credit hour 
  • Session II: $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.  

Full Summer School Calendar

First Term: May 26 – July 2, 2015

May 26, Tuesday
Classes begin

May 29, Friday
Last day for withdrawal with full refund
June 1, Monday
Last day to add a course

June 3, Wednesday 
Last day for withdrawal with pro rata refund

June 5, Friday 
Last day for dropping a course without penalty

June 6, Saturday 
Classes meet

June 20, Saturday
Classes meet

June 30, Tuesday 
Last day of class

July 1, Wednesday
Final examinations begin

July 2, Thursday
Final examinations end;

July 7, Tuesday 
Grades due by noon.


Second Term: July 7 – August 10, 2015

June 1
Summer II Payment Due

July 7, Tuesday
Classes begin

July 10, Friday
Last day for withdrawal with full refund
Last day to add a course

July 11, Saturday
Classes meet 

July 15, Wednesday
Last day for withdrawal with pro rata refund
Last day for dropping a course without penalty

July 25, Saturday 
Classes meet

August 6, Thursday
Last day of class

August 7, Friday
Final examinations begin

August 8, Saturday
Final examinations end

August 14, Friday
Grades due by noon.