Food and Faith Degree Concentration

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity offers a concentration within the Master of Divinity degree designed to equip religious leaders with the knowledge, skills, and pastoral habits necessary to guide congregations and other faith-based organizations into creating more redemptive food systems where God’s shalom becomes visible for a hungry world.


Core Courses

Core Courses (6h)

  • Foundational course (3 hours): MIN 561 “Food, Faith, and Health: Navigating the Intersections in Community”
  • Experiential course (3 hours):  A course that combines hands-on learning in organic gardening, food preparation, and preservation with scriptural/theological reflection. The purpose of such a course is to ensure that students have basic skills in growing and preparing food. The pedagogical combination of theological reflection and active creation care mirrors the holistic view of well-being that is at the heart of the concentration.
    • Examples:
      • MIN 560 “Field, Table, Communion”
      • MIN 597 “Roots & Branches: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship for Emerging Christian Leaders”
Elective Courses

Elective courses (1h – 3h)

  • Elective courses may be taken through the existing School of Divinity curriculum in a variety of biblical, historical, theological or ministerial studies options that include an emphasis on food and faith-related topics or issues. Students must have the approval of the program director in order for an elective to count toward the concentration. Courses outside the School of Divinity can also be used for elective credits.
    • Examples:
      • BIB 790 “Food & Faith in the World of the Hebrew Bible”
      • MIN 790 “The Monastic Impulse Old & New: Prayer, Work, and the Spirituality of Food”
      • MIN 790 “Food, Faith, and Justice”
      • HIS 630 “Culinary Culture in Black Religious Experience”
Internship Experience

Internship experience (3h)

  • Students can choose to develop an Art of Ministry II or Art of Ministry III internship experience with a food and faith emphasis. Summer internships or specialized internship completed during the academic year can also count toward this requirement.
Capstone Project

Capstone project (3h)

  • Students can focus this requirement through the current Art of Ministry III requirement by completing either a senior project or a senior internship.